# increments

## increment

[in-kruh-muhnt, ing-]
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.
a.
the difference between two values of a variable; a change, positive, negative, or zero, in an independent variable.
b.
the increase of a function due to an increase in the independent variable.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin incrēmentum an increase, equivalent to incrē(scere) to grow (see increase) + -mentum -ment

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 increment (ˈɪnkrɪmənt) —n 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 [C15: from Latin incrēmentum growth, increase]

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increment
early 15c., "act or process of increasing," from L. incrementum "growth, increase," from stem of increscere "to grow in or upon" (see increase). Meaning "amount of increase" first attested 1630s.
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increment in·cre·ment (ĭn'krə-mənt, ĭng'-)
n.

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

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

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Example sentences
Students have the option to purchase the e-book during or after a rental
period, and can extend rental period in daily increments.
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.
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