preinflection

inflection

[in-flek-shuhn]
noun
1.
modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.
2.
Also, flection. Grammar.
a.
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.
b.
the paradigm of a word.
c.
a single pattern of formation of a paradigm: noun inflection; verb inflection.
d.
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.
e.
the affix added to produce this change, as the -s in dogs or the -ed in played.
f.
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 ).
3.
a bend or angle.
4.
Mathematics. a change of curvature from convex to concave or vice versa.
Also, especially British, inflexion.


Origin:
1525–35; variant spelling of inflexion < Latin inflexiōn- (stem of inflexiō) a bending. See inflect, -ion

inflectionless, adjective
preinflection, noun

infection, inflection.
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inflection or inflexion (ɪnˈflɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  modulation of the voice
2.  (grammar) a change in the form of a word, usually modification or affixation, signalling change in such grammatical functions as tense, voice, mood, person, gender, number, or case
3.  an angle or bend
4.  the act of inflecting or the state of being inflected
5.  maths See also point of inflection a change in curvature from concave to convex or vice versa
 
inflexion or inflexion
 
n
 
in'flectional or inflexion
 
adj
 
in'flexional or inflexion
 
adj
 
in'flectionally or inflexion
 
adv
 
in'flexionally or inflexion
 
adv
 
in'flectionless or inflexion
 
adj
 
in'flexionless or inflexion
 
adj

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inflection in·flec·tion (ĭn-flěk'shən)
n.
An inward bending.

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inflection definition


A change in the form of a word to reflect different grammatical functions of the word in a sentence. English has lost most of its inflections. Those that remain are chiefly possessive ('s), as in “the boy's hat”; plural (-s), as in “the three girls”; and past tense (-d or -ed), as in cared. Other inflections are found in pronouns — as in he, him, his — and in irregular words such as think/thought, child/children, and mouse/mice.

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