noun in·flec·tion \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

Full Definition of INFLECTION

:  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

  1. She spoke with no inflection.
  2. She read the lines with an upward inflection.
  3. Most English adjectives do not require inflection.
  4. Gone and went are inflections of the verb go.
  5. English has fewer inflections than many other languages.

First Known Use of INFLECTION


Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
INFLECTION Defined for Kids


noun in·flec·tion \in-ˈflek-shən\

Definition of INFLECTION for Kids

:  a change in the pitch of a person's voice
:  a change in a word that shows a grammatical difference (as of number, person, or tense)
Medical Dictionary


noun in·flec·tion

Medical Definition of INFLECTION

:  the act or result of curving or bending

Variants of INFLECTION

in·flec·tion or chiefly British in·flex·ion \in-ˈflek-shən\


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