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 After 13 years of iPhones, changes tend to be incremental rather than revolutionary. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Why a fancy new iPhone will be a tougher sell than ever," 13 Oct. 2020 Instead of pursuing an incremental gain based on conventional approaches, Fairhurst took a more open-minded view. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Go outside the 'pool,' like this Speedo innovator, to find new ideas," 11 Oct. 2020 The prize is more a matter of lots of hard work by large teams and involving many collaborators, which is the sort of incremental progress that typifies biology. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A decades-long struggle to find a virus wins the Nobel," 5 Oct. 2020 Sure, these may sound like subtle, incremental changes. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Earnings expected to plunge again but there are hopeful signs," 1 Oct. 2020 The effort, known as MCTS Next, would begin with incremental changes next year. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bus line to Amazon's Oak Creek facility to begin Oct. 11," 24 Sep. 2020 From Friday to Sunday, firefighters made slow but incremental progress against some major blazes, including the Riverside fire near Estacada, which went from 11% to 20% contained. oregonlive, "Cool temps help the battle against Oregon wildfires: Sunday updates," 20 Sep. 2020 Database scientists Benoit Dageville and Thierry Cruanes had each toiled at Oracle for more than a decade, helping the software giant eek out incremental improvements in its applications. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Meet Snowflake, one of the buzziest tech IPOs ever," 15 Sep. 2020 And at least to investors, Verizon’s CEO also has been blunt about the incremental improvements nationwide 5G will offer over 4G. Washington Post, "The 5G lie: The network of the future is still slow," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Incremental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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