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

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8 Dec 2019

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“Increment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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