in·cre·ment | \ˈiŋ-krə-mənt, 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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The city’s Community Development Commission on Tuesday approved $17 million in tax increment financing for the first phase of construction. Ryan Ori,, "Almost 900 homes planned for former Harold Ickes site," 10 July 2018 The AmEx Platinum also offers $200 per year in Uber credits, credited in $15 monthly increments, with a bonus $20 credit in December. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Credit Card," 2 July 2018 Often, the rugs will be in even increments such as 5 feet in diameter, 6 feet, 7 feet, 8 feet, etc. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to decorate with area rugs," 29 June 2018 From there, the piece jumps ahead in roughly 75-year increments, to the 1940s and then into the 21st century. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "New Witte Museum play explores Juneteenth," 18 June 2018 That money comes from taxpayers who decided to direct $1 from their tax liability on their annual income tax returns to the system. The state matches money that eligible candidates raise in increments of up to $250. Joshua Miller,, "Gonzalez, Massie get cash infusion from public financing," 12 July 2018 Money that normally would be paid in property taxes on the new development will for a time be put into a special tax-increment financing (TIF) fund to be used for public improvements. Jeanne Houck,, "Construction to begin on $500,000-plus condominiums in Montgomery," 8 July 2018 But 4,500 cycles of testing the new cell in increments of 15-minute charging at 32 degrees F showed only a 20 percent capacity loss. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Engineers Develop Electric Car Battery That Can Heat Itself During Winter," 29 June 2018 The state authorizes $261 million in tax-increment financing through its Economic Development Authority. Washington Post, "History of 2 Atlantic City casinos reopening Thursday," 27 June 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- \

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- \ adjective
incrementally \-ᵊl-ē \ adverb

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