noun Chiefly British.
- inflection point,
- 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
The pseudo-participle seems, by its inflexion, to have been the perfect of the original Semitic conjugation.
The change, in both languages, is a change from one kind of inflexion to another.Medieval English Literature|William Paton Ker
Inflexion when used of the voice, in speaking or singing, indicates a change in tone, pitch or expression.
The conversation went on, every tone and inflexion distinctly audible above the noise of the storm.The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories|Algernon Blackwood
Mller, in his Dorians, points out the inflexion of the Armenian verb-substantive.Opuscula|Robert Gordon Latham
early 15c., from Middle French inflexion and directly from Latin inflexionem (nominative inflexio) "a bending, inflection, modification," noun of action from past participle stem of inflectere (see inflect). For spelling, see connection. Grammatical sense is from 1660s.
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.