in·flec·tion noun \in-ˈflek-shən\
: a rise or fall in the sound of a person's voice : a change in the pitch or tone of a person's voice
grammar : a change in the form of a word that occurs when it has a particular use
: a form of a word that occurs when it has a particular use : an inflected form
: the act or result of curving or bending : bend
: change in pitch or loudness of the voice
a : the change of form that words undergo to mark such distinctions as those of case, gender, number, tense, person, mood, or voice
b : a form, suffix, or element involved in such variation
c : accidence
a : change in curvature of an arc or curve from concave to convex or conversely
b : inflection point
Examples of INFLECTION
- She spoke with no inflection.
- She read the lines with an upward inflection.
- Most English adjectives do not require inflection.
- “Gone” and “went” are inflections of the verb “go.”
- English has fewer inflections than many other languages.
First Known Use of INFLECTION
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Rhymes with INFLECTION
, cross section
in·flec·tion noun (Medical Dictionary)
: the act or result of curving or bending
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