inflection

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inflection the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
    • n inflection a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
    • n inflection deviation from a straight or normal course
    • n inflection a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inflection A bend; a fold; a curve; a turn; a twist.
    • Inflection (Mus) A departure from the monotone, or reciting note, in chanting.
    • Inflection A slide, modulation, or accent of the voice; as, the rising and the falling inflection .
    • Inflection (Mus) Any change or modification in the pitch or tone of the voice.
    • Inflection (Opt) Same as Diffraction.
    • Inflection The act of inflecting, or the state of being inflected.
    • Inflection (Gram) The variation or change which words undergo to mark case, gender, number, comparison, tense, person, mood, voice, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inflection The act of inflecting, or the state of being inflected; a bend or bending.
    • n inflection In optics, the peculiar modification or deviation which light undergoes in passing the edges of an opaque body, usually attended by the formation of colored fringes: more commonly called diffraction.
    • n inflection In grammar, the variation of nouns, etc., by declension, and of verbs by conjugation; more specifically, variation in part by internal change, and not by added elements alone.
    • n inflection Modulation of the voice in speaking, or any change in the pitch or tone of the voice in singing.
    • n inflection In geometry, the place on a curve where a tangent moving along the curve by a rolling motion changes the direction of its turning, and begins to turn back; a stationary tangent. The point of tangency at an inflection is called a point of inflection or point of contrary flexure; but as it is now usual to consider a curve as being as much generated by the rolling tangent as by the moving poiut, geometricians speak of the inflection, meaning the tangent which becomes here for an instant stationary, and do not mention the point without special reason for doing so.
    • n inflection In eccles. chanting, same as accent, 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Inflection a bending or deviation: modulation of the voice:
    • ns Inflection (gram.) the varying in termination to express the relations of case, number, gender, person, tense, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflexio, : cf. F. inflexion,. See Inflect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflectĕrein, in, flectĕre, flexum, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

There was an inflection, just a slight inflection, of voice, which Henry thought undeserved after the trouble he had taken.
"The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant" by W. W. Jacobs
A question is uttered with rising inflection, that is, with a higher pitch at the end.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
He apes their manners, their slang, and their tone inflections.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
I have tried it since then with every sort of accent and inflection, but I seem to lack the sense of humour.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There was an inflection, which he caught.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
With a rising inflection on the end it would have been a question.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Sir Charles caught the inflection.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
It has comparatively no inflections.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Though there is some inflection in English, grammatical relation is usually shown by position rather than by inflection.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
The uninflected form of the adjective is used side by side with the inflected in the Nom.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
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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:

I thought I heard her voice call my name, with her particular inflection and tone.
Hem plays pretty, country-inflected songs that are everything but cool.
In these days, it can be a horrible fighting word in the wrong mouth and with the wrong inflection.
Carrie Rodriguez keeps her Americana- inflected roots alive.
INTERVIEWS Hear PAWS' Sebadoh- Inflected 'Sore Tummy' Single.
A Taut, Bloody Thriller, Philosophically Inflected .
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.
A 49-year-old Breezy Point man was found dead Sunday of an accidental self-inflected gunshot wound near the Pine River in Mission Township, just north of Merrifield, said Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl.
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(.
Some may see the Cutthroat Drifters (due Saturday, September 29, at Bender 's Tavern) and dismiss it as yet another blues-inflected rock band, but these four guys play it heavier than that.
A 49-year-old Breezy Point man was found dead Sunday, Dec 9, of an accidental, self-inflected gunshot wound near the Pine River in Mission Township, just north of Merrifield, said Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl.
Into this gap steps a new website, Occupy Catholics , a place to gather for Catholic -inflected interpretations of Occupy and Catholic resources for engaging the movement.
This can replenish three hours of driving at 60 mph in about half an hour, which is the convenience inflection point for travelers at a highway rest stop.
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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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