inflection inflection  /ɪnf ˈlɛk ʃən/


  1. (n) a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function
  2. (n) the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
  3. (n) deviation from a straight or normal course
  4. (n) a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified

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  1. Unfortunately, in this recession, we haven't reached the inflection point yet.
  2. I know that you're writing this piece in sarcasm, but it has a really odd inflection about it, as if you don't really personally know these things about us.
  3. Forecasters are, as a group, notoriously bad at predicting inflection points, so you shouldn't take this dire talk to the bank just yet.


  1. Relay for Life planned for Saturday, Sunday at Al Quaal

    MARQUETTE - Don Fassbender's new Relay for Life team chose the name A Cup Half Full. "It seemed to be inspirational in its meaning and inflection," Fassbender said. "It's what we feel. We hope to make a difference by being part of relay.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Mining Journal

  2. Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Gleams with an Advertorial Slickness

    A good talker can be a mixed blessing for the documentary biographer. Tabloid 's Joyce McKinney, for instance, the beauty queen alleged to have abducted and raped a Mormon missionary in the 1970s, proved hypnotically chatty. Every nutty tangent and girlish inflection, as presented by Errol...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Village Voice

  3. VIDEO: Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" TEASES Season Two — Will YOU Be Tuning In?

    If there's one comedian that is instantly recognizable for his mode of delivery, voice inflection and a show about nothing, it's Jerry Seinfeld. Much like other famed comedians, Seinfeld is a car guy. But he's not your standard sort of car guy. He's a bit...different.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Auto Spies


  1. "We are, as far as growth is concerned, around the inflection point in the cycle," said European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.
    on May 11, 2009 By: Jean-Claude Trichet Source:

  2. "Google's success very clearly caused an inflection point within the industry and within Microsoft," Ozzie said in a question-and-answer session monitored online.
    on Feb 27, 2007 By: Ray Ozzie Source: Reuters

  3. "We are investing together because the communications industry is at an inflection point," Mr Ballmer said at the time of the deal with Nortel.
    on Aug 20, 2007 By: Steve Ballmer Source: Financial Times (subscription)

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