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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inflect  \In*flect"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Inflected};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Inflecting}.]  [L.  inflectere  inflexum  pref.  in.-  in 
  +  flectere  to  bend.  See  {Flexibl},  and  cf  {Inflex}.] 
  1.  To  turn  from  a  direct  line  or  course;  to  bend;  to  incline, 
  to  deflect;  to  curve;  to  bow. 
 
  Are  they  [the  rays  of  the  sun]  not  reflected, 
  refracted,  and  inflected  by  one  and  the  same 
  principle  ?  --Sir  I. 
  Newton. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  To  vary,  as  a  noun  or  a  verb  in  its  terminations; 
  to  decline  as  a  noun  or  adjective,  or  to  conjugate,  as  a 
  verb 
 
  3.  To  modulate,  as  the  voice. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inflect 
  v  1:  change  the  form  of  a  word  in  accordance  as  required  by  the 
  grammatical  rules  of  the  language 
  2:  of  one's  speech,  varying  the  pitch  [syn:  {modulate}] 




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