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 One stark illustration of this process is tax increment financing, by which resources for affordable housing are derived from property values rising in the surrounding community—affordable housing funded through its own gentrifying impact. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 During Donohue’s employment, AMN’s timekeeping system rounded the employee’s punched starting and ending meal period times to the nearest 10-minute increment. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "State Supreme Court rules on rounding errors," 15 Mar. 2021 Parma is offering the owners tax increment financing (TIF) -- related to new property taxes generated from a land development on infrastructure improvements -- which can be used by investors to pay their lender via a property tax assessment. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City Council expected to approve TIF agreement for Birdie Nest Social Sanctuary," 4 Mar. 2021 The Rosemont River Road tax increment financing district began in 1984 and expires this year. Anna Kim,, "Leyden District 212 proposes 14.4% higher tax levy, but homeowners won’t pay that much," 8 Dec. 2020 All three developers are asking for tax-increment financing but because the Frauenshuh plan doesn't rely on federal funding, the project has greater certainty, Glaesman said. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud City Hall likely to be razed for commercial development," 13 Apr. 2021 For phase two, Stand Rock Hospitality was set to receive all available tax increment and other revenue (hotel room tax) from the second phase hotel up to $1,777,400. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delayed by COVID-19, an Oak Creek hotel development near IKEA is getting back on track," 9 Apr. 2021 Bitterblue is petitioning for the creation of a tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ, for the site. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "Bitterblue plans mixed-use site with over 600 houses in southeast San Antonio," 30 Mar. 2021 The project also includes a tax increment financing district, which will last for 23 years. James T. Norman,, "Demolition underway at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills as officials break ground on $250 million renovation," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Increment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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