Definition of increment
2a : something gained or addedb : one of a series of regular consecutive additionsc : 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
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 of increment from the Web
The figure decreased by increments of one through the top 10.
A plan to carve out certain properties, including two owned by village officials, from the downtown tax increment financing district is to be discussed June 5 by the Oak Park Village Board.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports researchers looked at 52 fathers of toddlers in the Atlanta area, recording their interactions with their children for random 50-second increments over two days.
The company has asked the city for a tax break to offset the cost of building a new facility, which would be located in an existing tax increment finance district, Van Dyk said.
Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and Steven Zeitchik are bringing us Cannes moments from the 70 years of the international film festival -- in 17-second increments (or thereabouts).
So, while wasting time on the internet – in 7-minute increments –
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of increment
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin incrementum, from increscere to increase
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INCREMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of increment for English Language Learners
: a usually small amount or degree by which something is made larger or greater
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. Andersonb: 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
incremental\ˌiŋ-krə-ˈment-əl, ˌin-\play adjective
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