Meaning of inflection
Pronunciation: (in-flek'shun), [key]
- modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.
- noun inflection; verb inflection.
- the process or device of adding affixes to or changing the shape of a base to give it a different syntactic function without changing its form class.
- the paradigm of a word.
- a single pattern of formation of a paradigm:noun inflection; verb inflection.
- the change in the shape of a word, generally by affixation, by means of which a change of meaning or relationship to some other word or group of words is indicated.
- the affix added to produce this change, as the -s in dogs or the -ed in played.
- the systematic description of such processes in a given language, as in serves from serve, sings from sing, and harder from hard (contrasted with derivation).
- a bend or angle.
- a change of curvature from convex to concave or vice versa.
- inflection (Thesaurus)