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 mechanism used is tax increment financing (TIF) which would allow Rumpke to pay off the loan with the property tax money that normally is required to pay for their public services like residents do.
Mesa Water will open the trust in July with a $1-million contribution, then add $12 million in monthly increments over the following year for a total of $13 million by July 2018.
Event slots will be marked off in 20-by-20 increments, assigned in the order reserved and charged $15 per night.
The rosé ice pops have an ABV of 5% and come in two flavors: Coconut Rosé Sangria and Watermelon Mint Lemonade and unlike their childhood predecessors, retail for $10 a pop in 12-pack, 24-pack, or 48-pack increments.
Instead, start in small increments; five minutes earlier one week, then five minutes earlier the next, etc.
If needed, gradually add additional flour in small increments until dough is not sticky to touch.
Subscribers must receive one kilowatt but can add to their subscription in half-kilowatt increments.
The figure decreased by increments of one through the top 10.
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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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