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inflection


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inflection  \In*flec"tion\,  n.  [L.  inflexio  :  cf  F.  inflexion. 
  See  {Inflect}.]  [Written  also  {inflecxion}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  inflecting,  or  the  state  of  being  inflected. 
 
  2.  A  bend;  a  fold;  a  curve;  a  turn;  a  twist. 
 
  3.  A  slide,  modulation,  or  accent  of  the  voice;  as  the 
  rising  and  the  falling  inflection. 
 
  4.  (Gram.)  The  variation  or  change  which  words  undergo  to 
  mark  case,  gender,  number,  comparison,  tense,  person, 
  mood,  voice,  etc 
 
  5.  (Mus.) 
  a  Any  change  or  modification  in  the  pitch  or  tone  of  the 
  voice. 
  b  A  departure  from  the  monotone,  or  reciting  note,  in 
  chanting. 
 
  6.  (Opt.)  Same  as  {Diffraction}. 
 
  {Point  of  inflection}  (Geom.),  the  point  on  opposite  sides  of 
  which  a  curve  bends  in  contrary  ways. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inflection 
  n  1:  a  change  in  the  form  of  a  word  (usually  by  adding  a  suffix) 
  to  indicate  a  change  in  its  grammatical  function  [syn:  {inflexion}] 
  2:  the  patterns  of  stress  and  intonation  in  a  language  [syn:  {prosody}] 
  3:  the  act  of  bending  something  [syn:  {bend},  {bending},  {flex}, 
  {flexion},  {flection}] 




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