- the process or device of adding affixes to or changing the shape of a base to give it a different syntactic function without changing its form class.
- the paradigm of a word.
- a single pattern of formation of a paradigm: noun inflection; verb inflection.
- the change in the shape of a word, generally by affixation, by means of which a change of meaning or relationship to some other word or group of words is indicated.
- the affix added to produce this change, as the -s in dogs or the -ed in played.
- the systematic description of such processes in a given language, as in serves from serve, sings from sing, and harder from hard (contrasted with derivation).
Origin of inflection
OTHER WORDS FROM inflectionin·flec·tion·less, adjectivepre·in·flec·tion, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inflectioninfection, inflection
Words nearby inflection
How to use inflection in a sentence
Robotics will continue to advance its capabilities, and will take over more human jobs as it does so, but it’s unlikely we’ll hit a dramatic inflection point that could be described as a “revolution.”
“It’s almost exponential when you compare the curves in the spring and the curves in the summer with the inflection of the curve where we are right now,” Fauci said.Will covid-19 make this the Turkey Day without political fights?|Petula Dvorak|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Withiam says an inflection point could also arrive if an industry giant like Blizzard Entertainment decided to use a tool like Flow.The blockchain industry faces a moment of truth as high-profile projects go live|Jeff|October 21, 2020|Fortune
We’re at a very serious inflection point in the history of this country.Elijah Cummings has a message for voters ‘from beyond the grave’|Nicole Goodkind|October 21, 2020|Fortune
Companies like Starz are already near that inflection point, and Disney et al.Major media reorganizations aim to bridge the divide to companies’ streaming futures|Tim Peterson|October 14, 2020|Digiday
Recognizing that things have truly changed has always been difficult for those living through inflection points in history.
The obvious inflection point in the show occurs with the jump from icons of the 40s and 50s, to those of the 60s and 70s.The 100 Coolest Americans Gather at the National Portrait Gallery|William O’Connor|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For a president who believes in playing the long game, this was an inflection point.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance|Daniel Klaidman|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In each role he seemed to be behaving, not acting; every gesture and inflection was instinctive.
With the spoken word, we use our tone, inflection and volume to question, exclaim and convey our feelings.
Practise gliding in the form of inflection, or slide, from one extreme of pitch to another.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
"The old king" and "this one" they say with an inflection of voice anything but flattering to the latter.
The name signifies little thunder, being a compound from Annimikee, thunder, and the diminutive inflection in us.
The distinction between the active and passive voice, in the Odjibwa language, is formed by the inflection ego.
Perhaps it was the derisive inflection on "book agent" that woke Albert.Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for inflection
Derived forms of inflectioninflectional or inflexional, adjectiveinflectionally or inflexionally, adverbinflectionless or inflexionless, adjective
Medical definitions for inflection
Cultural definitions for inflection
A change in the form of a word to reflect different grammatical functions of the word in a sentence. English has lost most of its inflections. Those that remain are chiefly possessive ('s), as in “the boy's hat”; plural (-s), as in “the three girls”; and past tense (-d or -ed), as in cared. Other inflections are found in pronouns — as in he, him, his — and in irregular words such as think/thought, child/children, and mouse/mice.