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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Recent Examples on the Web

The monies generated by the difference between the property tax bill before development and after development — the increment — can then be used for improvements. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville gives tax help to wedding venue developers," 6 July 2018 Place 1 lb white chocolate in a bowl and microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "White Peppermint Bark," 30 Nov. 2018 Microwave butter and chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Anna Helm And Gabriella Vigoreaux, Country Living, "Chewy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches," 22 May 2018 Stir and continue cooking in 30-second increments until thickened. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 30 Mar. 2018 Continue microwaving in 30-second increments, stirring in between, or until chocolate is melted. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Make your own chocolate bowls for Valentine’s Day," 13 Feb. 2018 Fossil fuel and nuclear power plants only come in one increment: big. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 An advantage over the Connect:Amp is that users can adjust crossover on the new Amp between 50 and 110Hz (in 10Hz increments). Chris Welch, The Verge, "The new Sonos Amp is coming to save your old speakers," 29 Aug. 2018 The Yorkville City Council last April created a second tax increment financing district in the downtown to encourage development. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Survey says Yorkville residents would like more restaurants, stores," 3 July 2018

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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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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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