inflection


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Synonyms for inflection

Synonyms for inflection

a particular vocal quality that indicates some emotion or feeling

Synonyms for inflection

a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function

deviation from a straight or normal course

a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified

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We care not how trifling a character may be--let it be the mere inflection of the angle of the jaw, the manner in which an insect's wing is folded, whether the skin be covered by hair or feathers--if it prevail throughout many and different species, especially those having very different habits of life, it assumes high value; for we can account for its presence in so many forms with such different habits, only by its inheritance from a common parent.
I hope you like it?" There was a rising inflection in her voice.
She could not go on, although Rebecca, with the smallest inflection of sarcasm in her voice, besought her to continue that charming story.
He will express a phrase in a word, and he will qualify the meaning of an entire sentence by a syllable; he will even convey different significations by the simplest inflections of the voice.
It cost me so much trouble, however, to dig the sense out of the grammar and lexicon, as I went on with the authors I was impatient to read, that I remember the words very well in all their forms and inflections, and I have still what I think I may call a fair German vocabulary.
The dark eye of the old warrior was dancing in his head with a wild animation, and the sluggish repose in which his aged frame had been resting in the canoe was now changed to all the rapid inflections of practiced agility.
His voice sank into the tenderest inflections, his smile expressed a thoughtful, fatherly admiration, whenever he spoke to Laura or to me.
There was no change of attitude, no gesture; the effect of her speech was produced entirely by the inflections of her voice, and when she came to the question, "Will God take care of us when we die?" she uttered it in such a tone of plaintive appeal that the tears came into some of the hardest eyes.
Apart from the establishment of a relation between inflected agreeing verb and overt subject, the acquisition of inflection has a second effect, namely that inflected [+AGR] verbs will be distinguished from noninflected [-AGR] infinitives.
First, the history of weak and strong verbal inflection needs to be taught systematically as a historical phenomenon of constant change and development.
For instance, there needs to be more preparation for linear music, part thinking, the subtle inflection of two-note slurs (I was able to find only one piece in the book that had a few threenote slurs.), memorization, stylistic awareness and guidance to inspire the student beyond the black-and-white colors of the printed score.
2), Jones describes the importance of capturing voice, inflection, humor, and humanity in her representations.
Andy Grove uses the term "inflection point" to speak about major shifts in the tech world.
John Spiers, CTO of LeftHand Networks, elaborates: "Current network storage strives to provide an always bigger, better and faster box but doesn't inherently address fundamental issues of manageability, including scalability, availability, replication and storage clustering." Jim Pownell, CTO of Inflection Systems, agrees: "Data storage customers continue to encounter a lot of pain managing data, particularly over the long term."
Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk believes UnitedHealth's (UNH) positive coverage decision for Myriad Genetics' (MYGN) GeneSight is a possible inflection point for the product.