inflect

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inflect vary the pitch of one's speech
    • v inflect change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inflect To modulate, as the voice.
    • Inflect 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 ?"
    • Inflect (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inflect To bend; turn from a direct line or course.
    • inflect In grammar, to vary, as a noun or verb, by change of form, especially in regard to endings; decline, as a noun or adjective, or conjugate, as a verb; more specifically, to denote a change of office in (words), not by added elements only, but more or less by alteration of the stem or root itself.
    • inflect To modulate, as the voice.
    • inflect To receive inflection; undergo grammatical changes of form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inflect in-flekt′ to bend in: to turn from a direct line or course: to modulate, as the voice:
    • v.t Inflect in-flekt′ (gram.) to vary in the terminations
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflectere, inflexum,; pref. in-, in + flectere, to bend. See Flexible, and cf. Inflex
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflectĕrein, in, flectĕre, flexum, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

It might have invented fresh inflections, and shaped its own syntax.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
A certain inflection in the tone made Ellen shrink away instinctively.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
She had spent three years in studying his inflections and his wants.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It admits of as many inflections as we like.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
The merest possible inflection of his voice?
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
The inflections of her voice invested her words with ugliness; but she did not shriek.
"No Clue" by James Hay
The base wa whence we, has become in Dak wa I, in Omaha wi me, in Iowa inflection plural wa, us, etc.
"The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages" by Andrew Woods Williamson
Her voice was rather loud, clear and strong, perhaps wanting variety of inflection.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Though he never expressed his sympathy in so many words, she felt it in every inflection of his voice.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Some of them are exactly like the red-eye's, while others have the peculiar sweet upward inflection of the solitary's.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
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In poetry:

—And yet this great wink of eternity,
Of rimless floods, unfettered leewardings,
Samite sheeted and processioned where
Her undinal vast belly moonward bends,
Laughing the wrapt inflections of our love;
"Voyages II" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

ERM In-Depth Series (Part 1): Reflections on ERM Inflections.
As far as inflection points go, this is a good one.
Waterspout appears to have developed near an inflection point along leading edge of strong surge of northeast winds (marine cold front).
A Taut , Bloody Thriller, Philosophically Inflected.
When videotape is brought into the deposition process additional communication of inflection and demeanor are captured along with the testimony.
Similarities between British and Southern inflections may explain why some of the most stalwart Atlanta accents on film remain those of English actors Leslie Howard and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind.
Carrie Rodriguez keeps her Americana -inflected roots alive.
Getting Indian inflections correct was crucial to Canadian Anita Majumdar's preparation.
From the melodious inflections of phone messages, listen to a number of works sourcing voicemails, most from tape(.
Pundits love to declare inflection points.
Nn=A product of Archives.com, it's also the first big success of a young Redwood Shores company called Inflection.
Every Thursday Ansill will be offering a Spanish-inflected 8-course menu for $40.
"We believe that interest in Facebook-based gaming may have reached a negative inflection point," Cowen & Co analysts wrote Tuesday, "as more casual gamers migrate to mobile platforms.
You know the transportation market has reached an "inflection" point when a shipper picks up a trucker's bar and restaurant tab.
Many businesses in the sector are now finding themselves at an inflection point, revamping to win work in a competitive environment characterized by fewer opportunities and a more cost-conscious customer.
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In science:

Especially it is noted that the low temperature inflection point in the superfluid density is shifted to temperatures in the vicinity of Tc.
Comment on: Superfluid density and specific heat within a self-consistent scheme for a two-band superconductor
In case of adverbs –n is usually added to both the words of the reduplication. It is different from the above in such a way that the inflection is added to both the words in reduplication.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
The inflection list is an important resource for MWE identification. d) Dictionary, it includes the lexicon and the associated semantics.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
In the domain of morphological lexica, for instance, the Morphalou project (Romary et al., 2004) provides a full-form lexicon for French comprising 540,000 inflected forms.
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
NFORM gives the different forms that an Arabic noun can have. The values of this feature are: muta$$arf muchtak (inflectional derivative), muta$$arf j!med (inflectional inert) and ghair muta$$arf (non inflectional).
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
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