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Pronunciation:  in'flekshun

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  1. [n]  the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
  2. [n]  a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
  3. [n]  deviation from a straight or normal course
  4. [n]  a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function

INFLECTION is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: flection, flexion, inflexion, prosody
 See Also: accent, caesura, conjugation, declension, delivery, departure, deviation, difference, divergence, emphasis, enjambement, enjambment, grammatical relation, intonation, manner of speaking, modulation, paradigm, pitch contour, rhythm, speech, speech rhythm, stress



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

2. A bend; a fold; a curve; a turn; a twist.

3. A slide, modulation, or accent of the voice; as, the
   rising and the falling inflection.

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

5. (Mus.)
   (a) Any change or modification in the pitch or tone of the
   (b) A departure from the monotone, or reciting note, in

6. (Opt.) Same as {Diffraction}.

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

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