noun Date: 1531 1. the act or result of curving or bending ; bend 2. change in pitch or loudness of the voice 3. a. the change of form that words undergo to mark such distinctions as those of case, gender, number, tense, person, mood, or voice b. a form, suffix, or element involved in such variation c. accidence 4. a. change in curvature of an arc or curve from concave to convex or conversely b. inflection point

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