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3 definitions found
 for inflect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Are they [the rays of the sun] not reflected,
              refracted, and inflected by one and the same
              principle ?                           --Sir I.
                                                    Newton.
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     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.
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     3. To modulate, as the voice.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  inflect
      v 1: change the form of a word in accordance as required by the
           grammatical rules of the language
      2: vary the pitch of one's speech [syn: tone, inflect,
         modulate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "inflect":
     analyze, arch, bend, bend back, bow, bracket, conjugate, crook,
     curl, curve, decline, decurve, deflect, dome, embow, flex, hook,
     hump, hunch, hyphenate, incurvate, incurve, intonate, loop, mark,
     modulate, parenthesize, parse, point, punctuate, recurve, reflect,
     reflex, retroflex, round, sag, swag, sweep, turn, vault, wind
  
  

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