Simple Definition of increment
: a usually small amount or degree by which something is made larger or greater
Full Definition of increment
2 a : something gained or added b : one of a series of regular consecutive additions c : a minute increase in quantity
3 : the amount or degree by which something changes; especially : the amount of positive or negative change in the value of one or more of a set of variables
Examples of increment in a sentence
They increased the dosage of the drug in small increments over a period of several weeks.
Fines increase in increments of $10.
The volume is adjustable in 10 equal increments.
Did You Know?
Increment is used in many technical fields, but also nontechnically. Incremental increases in drug dosages are used for experimental purposes. Incremental tax increases are easier to swallow than sudden large increases. Incremental changes of any kind may be hard to notice, but can be very significant in the long run. Rome wasn't built in a day, but was instead built up by increments from a couple of villages in the 10th century B.C. to the capital of the Mediterranean world in the 1st century A.D.
Origin and Etymology of increment
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin incrementum, from increscere to increase
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of increment
1a: something gained or added <the most common form of leukocytosis is that in which the increment is in the neutrophilic leukocytes—W. A. D. Anderson>b: one of a series of regular consecutive additions (as of growth or spread of disease)
2: the amount or degree by which something changes; especially : the amount of positive or negative change in the value of one or more of a set of variables
incremental\ˌiŋ-krə-ˈment-əl, ˌin-\play adjective
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