from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To grow or cause to grow gradually less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
- n. The act or process of decreasing.
- n. The amount by which something decreases.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Of a quantity, to become smaller.
- v. To make (a quantity) smaller.
- n. An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
- n. A reduction in the number of stitches, usually accomplished by suspending the stitch to be decreased from another existing stitch or by knitting it together with another stitch. See Decrease (knitting).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To grow less, -- opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence.
- transitive v. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually.
- n. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay.
- n. The wane of the moon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become less; lessen; be diminished gradually in extent, bulk, quantity, or amount, or in strength, influence, or excellence: as, the days decrease in length from June to December.
- To make less; lessen; make smaller in dimensions, amount, quality, excellence, etc.; reduce gradually or by small deductions.
- n. A becoming less; diminution; wane (as applied to the moon); decay: as, a rapid decrease of revenue or of strength.
- n. The amount by which something is lessened; extent of loss or decrement: as, a great decrease in production or of income.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of decreasing or reducing something
- v. decrease in size, extent, or range
- v. make smaller
- n. the amount by which something decreases
- n. a change downward
- n. a process of becoming smaller or shorter
When you're in school now, the overreaction to this and that and the strictness and what they call the decrease, I'm calling the police.
April 2nd, 2010 9: 39 am ET yeah, an increase and decrease is NO better than drastic losses during Duh Duh Duh-byas reign of error
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has reduced antlerless permits by 51 percent from 2,882 to 1,400 during 2000-2004 and recently proposed 100 permits for 2006 – a 96 percent decrease from the 2,660 permits issued in 1995. any wonder hunters are getting totally miffed by the [apparent] lack of proper game management and wolves?
How do we know that the decrease is not the consequence of fewer females conceived in the 1980s when abortion was at its peak?
The unemployment rate for workers with unemployment insurance for the week ended Sept. 18 was 3.5%, a 0.1 percentage point decrease from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6%.
Over the last three months, which ended in September, that average plummeted to about 33,000 per month, a 41 percent decrease from the year's second quarter, according to data from Treasury.
France has a lower level of inequality than most of the OECD countries and is one of only 5 - out of 30 OECD countries -- that saw inequality decrease from the mid-80s to the mid-2000s.
Bridget Terry Long compares this approach with a voucher program. up to 24 percent of first-year students would no longer choose a public, four-year school if given the money as a voucher that could be applied to any in-state college (the decrease is smaller if the voucher were twice as large for four-year colleges).
I was able to relocate the Crucial Stitch while I was still in decrease mode, but when the same thing happened in the increase section, I was flummoxed.
I learned from Margaret Stove herself that the stitch the needle enters first, for any decrease, is the one that winds up on top.