(?), n. [L. inflexio : cf. F. inflexion. See Inflect.]
[Written also inflecxion.]
1. The act of inflecting, or the state of being inflected.
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2. A bend; a fold; a curve; a turn; a twist.
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3. A slide, modulation, or accent of the voice; as, the rising and the falling inflection.
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4. (Gram.) The variation or change which words undergo to mark case, gender, number, comparison, tense, person, mood, voice, etc.
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5. (Mus.) (a) Any change or modification in the pitch or tone of the voice. (b) A departure from the monotone, or reciting note, in chanting.
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6. (Opt.) Same as Diffraction.
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Point of inflection (Geom.), the point on opposite sides of which a curve bends in contrary ways.
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