increment

noun
in·​cre·​ment | \ ˈiŋ-krə-mənt How to pronounce increment (audio) , ˈin-\

Definition of increment

1 : the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value : enlargement
2a : 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

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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.

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.
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Biden released his prepared remarks – all 2,887 words of them – at 6 a.m. Tuesday, getting a jump on the day and guiding cable news coverage in a way that Trump often does in 280-character increments on Twitter. John Wagner, Twin Cities, "Biden delivers scathing address on Trump, and the president fires back," 11 June 2019 Biden released his prepared remarks – all 2,887 words of them – at 6 a.m. Tuesday, getting a jump on the day and guiding cable news coverage in a way that Trump often does in 280-character increments on Twitter. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Biden, Trump travel to Iowa, trade insults," 11 June 2019 Lawmakers softened the blow, however, with a provision that allows cities to bank any unused tax-increment capacity for up to three years and use it when needed. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Legislative session provided San Antonio some big wins," 7 June 2019 Jeremiah King and Adam Hall attended their first meeting June 5 as members of the commission that sets the city’s redevelopment policy, pays contractors and manages the tax increment finance districts. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary Redevelopment takes on two new members," 6 June 2019 And Lupher said that issues like tax abatements and the tax increment system have no easy answer. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "How downtown Detroit's taxes work and who really pays them," 4 June 2019 Trump intends to begin the tariffs next week at 5%, increasing them by the same increment each month. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Dangers of Social Divisions: CEO Daily," 4 June 2019 Last year was the 40th birthday of the modern bankruptcy code, which has historically seen major reforms in 40-year increments. Tom Corrigan, WSJ, "Bankruptcy Data Shows Concentrated Industry," 24 May 2019 Teams built their habitats in 10-hour increments as a panel of judges watched. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Crowns Winner in Mars Habitat Competition," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of increment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for increment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin incrementum, from increscere to increase

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increment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of increment

: a usually small amount or degree by which something is made larger or greater

increment

noun
in·​cre·​ment | \ ˈiŋ-krə-mənt, ˈin- How to pronounce increment (audio) \

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

Other Words from increment

incremental \ ˌiŋ-​krə-​ˈment-​ᵊl, ˌin-​ How to pronounce incremental (audio) \ adjective
incrementally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce incrementally (audio) \ adverb

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