Inflection vs Reflection - What's the difference?

inflection | reflection |


As nouns the difference between inflection and reflection

is that inflection is (grammar) a change in the form of a word that reflects a change in grammatical function while reflection is the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

inflection

Alternative forms

* inflexion

Noun

  • (grammar) A change in the form of a word that reflects a change in grammatical function.
  • an inflection for gender, number, or tense
  • A change in pitch or tone of voice.
  • (mathematics) A change in curvature from concave to convex or from convex to concave.
  • A turning away from a straight course.
  • (optometry) diffraction
  • Synonyms

    * flection * flexion

    Hyponyms

    * (grammar) conjugation * (grammar) declension

    reflection

    English

    Alternative forms

    * reflexion

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
  • The property of a propagated wave being thrown back from a surface (such as a mirror).
  • Something, such as an image, that is reflected.
  • (senseid) Careful thought or consideration.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections .}}
  • An implied criticism.
  • (label) The process or mechanism of determining the capabilities of an object at run-time.
  • Derived terms

    * reflectional * reflectionless * self-reflection

    See also

    * refraction * diffraction