Inflect In*flect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inflected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inflecting}.] [L. inflectere, inflexum; pref. in- in + flectere to bend. See {Flexible}, and cf. {Inflex}.] 1. To turn from a direct line or course; to bend; to incline, to deflect; to curve; to bow. [1913 Webster]

Are they [the rays of the sun] not reflected, refracted, and inflected by one and the same principle ? --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) To vary, as a noun or a verb in its terminations; to decline, as a noun or adjective, or to conjugate, as a verb. [1913 Webster]

3. To modulate, as the voice. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • inflect — (v.) early 15c., to bend inward, from L. inflectere (pp. inflexus) to bend in, bow, curve, figuratively, to change, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + flectere to bend. Grammatical sense is attested 1660s; pronunciation sense (in inflection) is… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • inflect — [in flekt′] vt. [ME inflecten < L inflectere < in , in + flectere, to bend] 1. to turn, bend, or curve, usually inward 2. to vary or change the tone or pitch of (the voice); modulate 3. Gram. to change the form of (a word) by inflection, as …   English World dictionary

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  • inflect — verb 1 (I) if a word inflects, its form changes according to its meaning or use 2 (I, T) if your voice inflects or if you inflect it, the sound of it becomes higher or lower as you are speaking …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • inflect — /ɪnˈflɛkt/ (say in flekt) verb (t) 1. to bend; turn from a direct line or course. 2. to modulate (the voice). 3. Grammar a. to apply inflection to (a word). b. to recite or display all, or a distinct set of, the inflections of (a word), in a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • inflect — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in + flectere to bend Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to turn from a direct line or course ; curve 2. to vary (a word) by inflection ; decline, conjugate 3. to change or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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