in·​cre·​ment | \ ˈiŋ-krə-mənt How to pronounce increment (audio) , ˈin- \

Definition of increment

1 : 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
2a : one of a series of regular consecutive additions
b : a minute increase in quantity
c : something gained or added
3 : the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value : enlargement

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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 Using tax increment financing to fund some projects is meant to free up room in the bond for other uses. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Oct. 2021 The Carmel City Council is considering nearly $50 million in tax increment financing (TIF) bonds, which will support infrastructure improvements for the airline’s project. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2021 That partnership recently worked to establish a tax-increment financing district in which 80% of tax revenue in nine West End neighborhoods would be returned to the group, which would then reinvest it in the region. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 30 Sep. 2021 The developers received city approval for $9.65 million in tax-increment financing dollars in 2018 — a city subsidy which should have moved the project forward. Lauren Leazenby,, 1 Sep. 2020 Contour bought Northland from the city of Southland this summer and state development officials approved $61.4 million in future brownfield tax-increment financing to help pay for the mall's demolition and environmental cleanup costs. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 The money the developers will have access to from tax increment financing districts on both properties will not change, officials said. Steve Lord,, 8 Sep. 2021 For the first time, the report elaborates on the details of how each increment of warming is expected to play out in regional impacts and extreme events like flooding, heatwaves, droughts, and fire. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, 9 Aug. 2021 Richardson also said the lack of development in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, could be fixed through the use of tax-increment financing. al, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of increment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for increment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin incrementum, from increscere to increase

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The first known use of increment was in the 15th century

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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 increment (audio) \ adjective
incrementally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce increment (audio) \ adverb

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