[in-flek-shuh n] /ɪnˈflɛk ʃən/
modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.
Also, flection. Grammar.
a bend or angle.
Mathematics. a change of curvature from convex to concave or vice versa.
modulation of the voice
(grammar) a change in the form of a word, usually modification or affixation, signalling change in such grammatical functions as tense, voice, mood, person, gender, number, or case
an angle or bend
the act of inflecting or the state of being inflected
(maths) a change in curvature from concave to convex or vice versa See also point of inflection
early 15c., from Middle French inflexion and directly from Latin inflexionem (nominative inflexio) “a bending, inflection, modification,” noun of action from past participle stem of inflectere (see inflect). For spelling, see connection. Grammatical sense is from 1660s.
inflection in·flec·tion (ĭn-flěk’shən)
An inward bending.
A change in the form of a word to reflect different grammatical functions of the word in a sentence. English has lost most of its inflections. Those that remain are chiefly possessive (‘s), as in “the boy’s hat”; plural (-s), as in “the three girls”; and past tense (-d or -ed), as in cared. Other inflections are found in pronouns — as in he, him, his — and in irregular words such as think/thought, child/children, and mouse/mice.
[in-flek-shuh-nl] /ɪnˈflɛk ʃə nl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or used in : an inflectional ending. 2. Linguistics. pertaining to or noting a language, as Latin, characterized by the use of , especially morphemic fusion or irregular morphophonemic alternation. Compare (def 2), .
[in-flekt] /ɪnˈflɛkt/ verb (used with object) 1. to modulate (the voice). 2. Grammar. 3. to bend; turn from a direct line or course. 4. Botany. to bend in. verb (used without object) 5. Grammar. to be characterized by inflection. /ɪnˈflɛkt/ verb 1. (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to […]
noun, Mathematics. 1. a point on a curve at which the curvature changes from convex to concave or vice versa.
[in-flekst] /ɪnˈflɛkst/ adjective, Botany, Zoology. 1. inflected; bent or folded downward or inward: an inflexed leaf. /ɪnˈflɛkst/ adjective 1. (biology) curved or bent inwards and downwards towards the axis: inflexed leaves