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English noun: inflection

1. inflection a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function


Broader (hypernym)grammatical relation

Narrower (hyponym)conjugation, declension, paradigm, pluralisation, pluralization

2. inflection (communication) the patterns of stress and intonation in a language


Broader (hypernym)delivery, manner of speaking, speech

Narrower (hyponym)accent, caesura, emphasis, enjambement, enjambment, intonation, modulation, pitch contour, rhythm, speech rhythm, stress

3. inflection (event) deviation from a straight or normal course

Synonymsflection, flexion

Broader (hypernym)departure, deviation, difference, divergence

4. inflection (communication) a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified


Broader (hypernym)delivery, manner of speaking, speech

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