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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Recent Examples on the Web This might seem inconsequential, but every increment of sea-level rise provides a higher launchpad for storms to more easily flood coastal infrastructure, such as New York’s subway system, parts of which flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Washington Post, "The Greenland ice sheet poured 197 billion tons of water into the North Atlantic in July alone," 3 Aug. 2019 Each one of those is a tiny little increment of improvement. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Michael Collins Is Ready To Go To Mars," 20 July 2019 Each new increment of investment generates less growth than formerly, while the profitability of both state-owned and private enterprises has fallen far below the levels found in advanced economies. Edward Chancellor, WSJ, "‘Red Flags’ Review: Trade War and Other Troubles," 9 Dec. 2018 Gradually, the increases will get larger over five-year increments of time. Shady Grove Oliver, Anchorage Daily News, "Experts predict Alaska’s Arctic region may see a population spike by 2045," 12 Aug. 2018 The donations come from all over the globe, usually in $3, $33, $333 increments, a nod to the family’s favorite number. Los Angeles Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s family rebuilds their lives around youngest son’s football dreams," 30 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, his opponents who are raising more checks in $10 and $20 increments can keep returning to these small-dollar donors over the course of the primary. Ana Radelat,, "‘Mayor Pete’ raises the most campaign cash in Connecticut among Democrats vying for president," 17 July 2019 The hotel bonds will be repaid with local income taxes and tax increment revenues, according to public documents. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Some buildings are up at City Center. Some are not. Here's what that means for Carmel taxpayers.," 8 July 2019 Another slight increment saw the towering centre-back upped to 79 for FIFA 17., "FIFA 20: Virgil van Dijk's FUT Card Through the Years," 12 Sep. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of increment was in the 15th century

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How to pronounce increment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of increment

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


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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