Definition Of inflections

noun

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.

There are inflexions for number and tense, the vocabulary is Latin or Germanic for the most part, with all the baggage those words bring with them.

a change of curvature from convex to concave at a particular point on a curve.

However, the optimal cluster size depended on the point of inflection of the curve describing the relationship between female mating bias and cluster size.

the modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice.

she spoke slowly and without inflection

Example Of inflections

  • A flat, natural, or sharp sign can be placed above it, to indicate a chromatic inflection of the upper note.

  • A set of verb forms or inflections used to indicate the speaker's attitude toward the factuality or likelihood of the action or condition expressed.

  • But he seemed ill at ease in Liszt's flamboyant Spanish Rhapsody, which in his hands wanted for inflection , contrast and affective intensity.

  • But like the point of inflection on a line graph, the first species in any new lineage is only readily apparent after the fact.

  • But what we do in English is shift the subordinate clause verb into preterite inflection (had blue eyes instead of has blue eyes) as if to respect the choice of tense in the main clause.


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