inflexion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inflexion 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
    • n Inflexion Inflection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inflexion etc. See inflection, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Inflexion a bending or deviation: modulation of the voice:
    • ns Inflexion (gram.) the varying in termination to express the relations of case, number, gender, person, tense, &c
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Quotations

  • Roland Barthes
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    “Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflectĕrein, in, flectĕre, flexum, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

And that there is such a virtue, seems to follow from the reflexions and inflexions of the rays of light.
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
It was to be read in that arrogant poise of the head, that scowling brow, the inflexion of that reverberating voice.
"Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini
The grammatical inflexions, the particles, the pronouns, and the prepositions are also mostly identical.
"History of Phoenicia" by George Rawlinson
I know exactly what she says, and every inflexion of the tone in which she says it.
"The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James
PTOLEMY (without any vocal inflexions: he is evidently repeating a lesson).
"Caesar and Cleopatra" by George Bernard Shaw
Nor is there any word for "Why," but queries are signified by the inflexion of the voice.
"Tales of War" by Lord Dunsany
First, the nouns and adjectives have for the most part lost their inflexions, at least so far as the cases are concerned.
"Early Britain" by Grant Allen
The "Old Bulgarian," or archaic Slavonic, was an inflexional language of the synthetic type, containing few foreign elements in its vocabulary.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
I had read in some work of Herbert Spencer's that speech takes on tuneful inflexions whenever emotion comes into play.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
The remnants of the old inflexions preserved in MHG.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
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In news:

Inflexion Point's Laurie on Apple, Samsung Dispute.
Ron Laurie, managing director of Inflexion Point Strategy LLC, talks about the patent dispute between Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co.
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In science:

One to many records A typical case is due to inflexion. Several records might have the same segment content in a language (e.g., English) and different segment contents in another language (e.g., Spanish); the word roots should be the same.
Open architecture for multilingual parallel texts
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