in·​cre·​men·​tal | \ ˌiŋ-krə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce incremental (audio) , ˌin- \

Definition of incremental

: of, relating to, being, or occurring in especially small increments incremental additions incremental change

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incrementally \ ˌiŋ-​krə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce incrementally (audio) , ˌin-​ \ adverb

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Examples of incremental in a Sentence

the incremental evolution of the collection from a specialized gallery into a comprehensive art museum the incremental total for my collection of baseball cards
Recent Examples on the Web Tillman’s growth has been incremental in his first two seasons. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State's Tom Izzo calls Xavier Tillman 'my new Draymond Green'," 3 Dec. 2019 Expert John Englander warns that rising sea levels will be incremental at first but will accelerate and be unstoppable in this century. Kevin Spear,, "Rising sea levels cannot be stopped this century, expert says," 17 Oct. 2019 The new law would increase the fee to $22, but the increase would be incremental over a three-year phase-in. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faulconer says concerns by economists, business leaders prompted his veto of housing legislation," 19 Sep. 2019 The last great innovation capable of driving major growth in aviation was the jet engine back in the 1950s, and every technological advance since has been incremental. Maureen Tkacik, The New Republic, "Everybody thinks his business is different,," 18 Sep. 2019 The work is incremental, but is steadily marching ahead. Eryn Brown, Scientific American, "Is “Neurolaw” Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You?," 7 Sep. 2019 Most analysts expect an incremental upgrade to the iPhone next month, with bigger leaps in technology not coming until 2020, according to CNET. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Apple lifted by delay in U.S. tariffs on electronics made in China," 13 Aug. 2019 Look for three handsets that will include chip improvements and a bump up in specs, but the writing on the wall suggests these upgrades will be incremental. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "iPhone 11: What to expect and why waiting may be your best option," 10 July 2019 Today, the pace of hardware innovation has slowed and updates to the iPhone are only incremental. Sam Dean,, "How Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, planned his own obsolescence," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of incremental

1696, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incremental was in 1696

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9 Dec 2019

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

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