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v. in·flect·ed, in·flect·ing, in·flects
1. To alter (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate.
2. Grammar To alter (a word) by inflection.
3. To turn from a course or a specified alignment; bend.
v.intr. Grammar
1. To be modified by inflection.
2. To give all of the inflected forms of a word; to provide a paradigm.

[Middle English inflecten, to bend down, from Latin īnflectere : in-, in; see in-2 + flectere, to bend.]

in·flec′tive adj.
in·flec′tor n.
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In these examples, we have a lexical base followed by an inflective morpheme (Layer I, -es-, -a- or -(j)en-) marking nominative vs.
Inflective Medallion, a large circular mirror, bears a diagram modeled after one of Delsarte's, which assigns certain affects to particular hand gestures.
Booij (2010:22) raises the question of inflectional systems for a morpheme-based analysis of word-internal structure, since "in many languages there is no one-to-one correspondence between the building blocks of inflective words and their morphosyntactic and morpho-semantic properties.
1) As a formative value, he uses the term to indicate a pure immanence, a phenomenal embeddedness, and it is most useful to consider it in terms of Rioux's work wherein the pure plane seems synonymous with an infinitely unfolding field or quintessentially smooth space without inflective division; here is a rhizomatic entity with innumerable tendrils that reach up and over the threshold of eternity like weeds, spreading throughout hyperspace like wildfire.
On the two-dimensional page of printed music, the inflective instructions of the z-axis appear rather sparse and general when compared to the specificity found in the representation of rhythmic and pitch structures.
All in all, the four inflective forms of the verb (infinitive, preterite singular, preterite plural and past participle) constitute bases of derivation but the most productive forms are the infinitive and the past participle, the preterite singular being the least productive.
Strictly speaking, the application of the inflective pattern of Romanian onto invariable English borrowings results in hybrid anglicisms (Onysko, 2004: 55).
Prior to joining the firm, Van Blerkom was the director of business development and investor relations with Inflective Asset Management.
Most of the art songs recorded here sound thoroughly Victorian, with thick textures, rich harmonies, and heavily inflective melodies.
This means that metaphor is read tumbledown, and flatter, expository writing is read sigh, creating another form of counterpoint in the poem: figurative language and poetic affect are both admitted into the inflective repertoire, but denied their full authority as modes of speech.