inflection

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the English inflexion, from Middle French inflexion, from Latin inflexio, inflexionis (a bending away from); the spelling inflection is due to influence from correction.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈflɛkʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən
  • Hyphenation: in‧flec‧tion

Noun[edit]

inflection (countable and uncountable, plural inflections)

  1. (grammar) A change in the form of a word that reflects a change in grammatical function.
    an inflection for gender, number, or tense
  2. A change in pitch or tone of voice.
  3. (mathematics) A change in curvature from concave to convex or from convex to concave.
  4. A turning away from a straight course.
  5. (optometry) diffraction

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