# increment

[in-kruh-muh nt, ing-] /ˈɪn krə mənt, ˈɪŋ-/
noun
1.
2.
profit; gain.
3.
the act or process of increasing; growth.
4.
an amount by which something increases or grows:
a weekly increment of \$25 in salary.
5.
one of a series of regular additions:
You may make deposits in increments of \$500.
6.
Mathematics.
1. the difference between two values of a variable; a change, positive, negative, or zero, in an independent variable.
2. the increase of a function due to an increase in the independent variable.
Origin of increment
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin incrēmentum an increase, equivalent to incrē(scere) to grow (see increase) + -mentum -ment
Related forms
incremental
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Examples from the Web for increment
Contemporary Examples
• And here I found the last piece of my narrative, in the British special-forces capability known as “The increment.”

May 28, 2009
• There is some increment there that we make possible that would not otherwise be there.

September 13, 2014
Historical Examples
• Every increment in the St. Louis traffic, moreover, was surely theirs for ever.

William Z. Ripley
• An increment of growth so minute as a millionth part of a mm.

Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
• Taking the increment values of land is, therefore, not so discriminative as it appears at first glance.

John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
• This extra product can be attributed entirely to the increment of labor.

John Bates Clark
• This vessel is weighed with a counterpoise and hence only the increment in weight is recorded.

• All this increment should come to our nation and not go to any other.

Frederic H. Sawyer
• The yearly increment holds fairly steady at four per cent., which is as large as that of any country in the world.

Thomas C. Dawson
• Washington's wealth was due in part to inheritance and a fortunate marriage, but most of all to the increment on land.

Paul Leland Haworth
British Dictionary definitions for increment

## increment

/ˈɪnkrɪmənt/
noun
1.
an increase or addition, esp one of a series
2.
the act of increasing; augmentation
3.
(maths) a small positive or negative change in a variable or function. Symbol: Δ, as in Δx or Δf
Word Origin
C15: from Latin incrēmentum growth, increase
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Word Origin and History for increment
n.

mid-15c., "act or process of increasing," from Latin incrementum "growth, increase; an addition," from stem of increscere "to grow in or upon" (see increase). Meaning "amount of increase" first attested 1630s.

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increment in Medicine

increment in·cre·ment (ĭn'krə-mənt, ĭng'-)
n.

1. The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.

2. Something added or gained.

3. A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.

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