inflection

  • 1 inflection — 1. Inflection is the process by which words change their form by the addition of suffixes or other means in accordance with their grammatical role. Inflection of nouns usually involves the addition of s or es to form plurals (book / books, church …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 inflection — inflection, intonation, accent are comparable when they designate a particular manner of employing the tones of the voice in speech. Inflection implies change in pitch or tone; it often suggests a variation expressive of emotion or sentiment, and …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A bend; a fold; a curve; a turn; a twist. [1913 Webster] 3. A slide,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 inflection — early 15c., from M.Fr. inflexion and directly from L. inflexionem (nom. inflexio) a bending, inflection, modification, noun of action from pp. stem of inflectere (see INFLECT (Cf. inflect)). For spelling, see CONNECTION (Cf. connection).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 inflection — [in flek′shən] n. [L inflexio < inflexus, pp. of inflectere: see INFLECT] 1. a turning, bending, or curving 2. a turn, bend, or curve 3. any change in tone or pitch of the voice; modulation [to signal a question by a rising inflection] 4. a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 inflection — I noun accent, accentuation, cadence, emphasis, expression, intonation, modulation, pitch, stress, tone, voice change associated concepts: demeanor of a witness, polygraph test II index intonation, stress (accent) …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 inflection — inflection, inflexion англ. [инфле/кшн] муз. интонация …

    Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • 8 inflection — [n] accent, intonation articulation, change, emphasis, enunciation, modulation, pitch, pronunciation, sound, timbre, tonality, tone, tone of voice, variation; concepts 65,595 Ant. monotone …

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  • 9 inflection — (chiefly Brit. also inflexion) ► NOUN 1) Grammar a change in the form of a word (typically the ending) to express a grammatical function or attribute such as tense, mood, person, number, case, and gender. 2) a variation in intonation or pitch of… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Inflection — In grammar, inflection or inflexion is the way language handles grammatical relations and relational categories such as tense, mood, voice, aspect, person, number, gender, case. In covert inflection, such categories are not overtly expressed.… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 inflection — inflectionless, adj. /in flek sheuhn/, n. 1. modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice. 2. Also, flection. Gram. a. the process or device of adding affixes to or changing the shape of a base to give it a different syntactic… …

    Universalium

  • 12 inflection — [[t]ɪnfle̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] inflections (in BRIT, also use inflexion) 1) N VAR An inflection in someone s voice is a change in its tone or pitch as they are speaking. [WRITTEN] The man s voice was devoid of inflection... Seb? he said, with a rising… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 inflection — UK [ɪnˈflekʃ(ə)n] / US noun Word forms inflection : singular inflection plural inflections 1) [uncountable] the way that the sound of your voice goes up and down when you speak 2) [uncountable] linguistics changes in the basic form of a word to… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 inflection — /ɪnˈflɛkʃən / (say in flekshuhn) noun 1. modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice. 2. Grammar a. the existence in a language of sets of forms built normally on a single stem, having different syntactic functions and meanings, but …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 inflection — n. (also inflexion) 1 a the act or condition of inflecting or being inflected. b an instance of this. 2 Gram. a the process or practice of inflecting words. b an inflected form of a word. c a suffix etc. used to inflect, e.g. ed. 3 a modulation… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 inflection — noun Date: 1531 1. the act or result of curving or bending ; bend 2. change in pitch or loudness of the voice 3. a. the change of form that words undergo to mark such distinctions as those of case, gender, number, tense, person, mood, or voice b …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 INFLECTION —    the name given to the changes in the end of words to indicate relations, not so common in English being usually expressed among us by prepositions as in Latin, Greek, and other languages, but occurring in English as king s, mine, ours, to… …

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • 18 inflection — n. also: inflexion a falling; rising inflection …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 inflection — inflexion, inflection noun 1 (U) the way in which a word changes its form to show difference in its meaning or use 2 (C) one of the forms of a word that changes in this way, or one of the parts that is added to it 3 (C, U) the way the sound of… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 inflection — noun when I read my lines, he d gently correct my pronunciation and inflection Syn: stress, cadence, rhythm, accent, intonation, pitch, emphasis, modulation, lilt, tone …

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