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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Dash cams typically record video files in segments of three to five minutes, creating a new file at each increment, for easy file navigation and to keep file sizes down for more convenient transferring. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best dash cams: Car accessories to keep you safe on the road," 11 Dec. 2020 Since then, each major version increment of RHEL has resulted in a corresponding new major version of CentOS, following the same versioning scheme and built largely from the same source. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "CentOS Linux is dead—and Red Hat says Stream is “not a replacement”," 10 Dec. 2020 Losing a year of data to track fine-scale information about disease presence and absence will mean that biologists can’t implement the next increment of safeguards to contain the spread. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "CWD surveillance collapsing from a majority of hunters' indifference to testing," 29 Oct. 2020 The purchase is part of the TIF [tax increment financing] #4 Redevelopment Plan and Project. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, "Arlington Heights trustees approve $193M budget for FY21 with no property tax increase, renew village manager’s contract with raise," 10 Dec. 2020 Legislation approved by the committee on Tuesday authorized use of tax increment financing for the project. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Tax incentives for overhaul of former Huntington Building clear Cleveland City Council panel," 8 Dec. 2020 Instead, the researchers propose that the requirements could be met by a smart battery-management system that virtually partitions battery capacity for a set increment of time. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "To make batteries a better investment, let them do more," 5 Nov. 2020 The city is also providing about $2.55 million from a tax increment reinvestment zone. Madison Iszler,, "Troubled East Side project moving forward," 3 Dec. 2020 On the revenue side, officials note the tax increment financing surplus is gone with two major TIF districts expiring, while state funding is expected to be flat. Steve Schering,, "OPRF board reviews 2020-21 budget, expects 1.8 percent increase in expenses," 21 Aug. 2020

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

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14 Jan 2021

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“Increment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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

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