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[in-kruh-muh nt, ing-] /ˈɪn krə mənt, ˈɪŋ-/
something added or gained; addition; increase.
profit; gain.
the act or process of increasing; growth.
an amount by which something increases or grows:
a weekly increment of $25 in salary.
one of a series of regular additions:
You may make deposits in increments of $500.
  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; late Middle English < Latin incrēmentum an increase, equivalent to incrē(scere) to grow (see increase) + -mentum -ment
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[in-kruh-men-tl, ing-] /ˌɪn krəˈmɛn tl, ˌɪŋ-/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for increment
  • If there is a raise in taxes, it should be a small increment.
  • Tax increment financing is a leading topic of discussion among candidates.
  • Please discuss the much faster than linear progression in the size of the error bars with each additional temporal increment.
  • If a position is vacant, place it there and increment the lock by one.
  • He has now boosted his estimates above one hundred millions, and the possibilities of increment are by no means exhausted.
  • It is impossible to grasp a discontinuous discrete increment.
  • It is the land value increment tax, formerly known as a betterment tax.
  • It is that instantaneous increment of time between the past and the future.
  • Smallest increment of price movement possible in trading a given contract.
  • And with every incremental increase in grid reliability, the cost of the next increment goes up.
British Dictionary definitions for increment


an increase or addition, esp one of a series
the act of increasing; augmentation
(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

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'-)

  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.

in'cre·men'tal (-měn'tl) adj.
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