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

Definition of increment

1 : 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
2a : one of a series of regular consecutive additions
b : a minute increase in quantity
c : something gained or added
3 : the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value : enlargement

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Port Covington project, valued at an estimated $5.5 billion, is backed by $660 million in tax increment financing, which means property taxes generated by the project will repay city bonds sold to pay for its infrastructure. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 The City Council Tuesday night passed a resolution supporting the use of tax increment financing, or TIF, districts, and helping to oppose SB2298, proposed in the state Senate. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Nearly $54 million in tax increment finance bonds to support development projects in Carmel will be introduced to the city council Monday, according to the council’s April 18 agenda. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Apr. 2022 Aurora is supporting an effort to defeat legislation that many municipal officials across the state say will weaken tax increment financing districts. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 The agreement also includes allowing tax-increment financing for the project. Steven Litt, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 Around the time Nock and Alexander bought the property, the City Council created a tax increment finance district to pay for demolition of the old structure. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 13 Apr. 2022 The money will come from the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) funds that are dedicated to redeveloping downtown Mobile. al, 15 Mar. 2022 The city also proposed a 15-year tax break to help pay for building the lower-income apartments and an additional tax increment financing incentive. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of increment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for increment

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

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“Increment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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 increment (audio) \ adjective
incrementally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce increment (audio) \ adverb

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