noun Chiefly British.
- 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
Examples from the Web for inflexion
Historical Examples of inflexion
I know exactly what she says, and every inflexion of the tone in which she says it.The Portrait of a Lady
There is no inflexion to distinguish number, gender or case.
Nevertheless, when introduced into English, it takes an English inflexion.Man and His Migrations
R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
Mller, in his Dorians, points out the inflexion of the Armenian verb-substantive.
The words themselves have neither form nor inflexion which indicates it.
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.