Inflection


Inflection
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, modulation, or accent of the voice; as, the rising and the falling inflection. [1913 Webster]

4. (Gram.) The variation or change which words undergo to mark case, gender, number, comparison, tense, person, mood, voice, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) (a) Any change or modification in the pitch or tone of the voice. (b) A departure from the monotone, or reciting note, in chanting. [1913 Webster]

6. (Opt.) Same as {Diffraction}. [1913 Webster]

{Point of inflection} (Geom.), the point on opposite sides of which a curve bends in contrary ways. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , , , , / (in declension or in conjugation), , , / (of the voice)