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inflection

 
Noun inflection has 4 senses
  1. inflection, inflexion - a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function
    --1 is a kind of grammatical relation
    --1 has particulars: conjugation; declension; paradigm
    Derived form: verb inflect1
  2. prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
    --2 is a kind of manner of speaking, speech, delivery
    --2 has particulars:
     intonation, modulation, pitch contour; caesura; enjambment, enjambement; stress, emphasis, accent; rhythm, speech rhythm
    Derived form: verb inflect2
  3. inflection, flection, flexion - deviation from a straight or normal course
    --3 is a kind of deviation, divergence, departure, difference
  4. modulation, inflection - a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
    --4 is a kind of manner of speaking, speech, delivery
    Derived form: verb inflect2
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