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increment

[in-kruh-muh nt, ing-] /ˈɪn krə mənt, ˈɪŋ-/
noun
1.
something added or gained; addition; increase.
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
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
[in-kruh-men-tl, ing-] /ˌɪn krəˈmɛn tl, ˌɪŋ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • We're on a single pay scale and get yearly increments up the scale.
  • After that, additional income appears to produce only modest increments in self-reported happiness.
  • At a certain point, each incremental gain in efficiency at a given skill requires proportionally more increments of effort.
  • They were incremental changes to a device for measuring increments.
  • The tuner lets you move the dial in small increments.
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  • Law adapts by continuous increments and at a pace second only to geology.
  • Serendipity and talent every day, in varying increments.
British Dictionary definitions for increments

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 increments

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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increments 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.


in'cre·men'tal (-měn'tl) adj.
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