from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.
  • n. Something added or gained: a force swelled by increments from allied armies.
  • n. A slight, often barely perceptible augmentation.
  • n. One of a series of regular additions or contributions: accumulating a fund by increments.
  • n. Mathematics A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of increasing or becoming greater.
  • n. The waxing of the moon.
  • n. The amount of increase.
  • v. To increase by steps or by a step, especially by one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of increasing; growth in bulk, guantity, number, value, or amount; augmentation; enlargement.
  • n. Matter added; increase; produce; production; -- opposed to decrement.
  • n. The increase of a variable quantity or fraction from its present value to its next ascending value; the finite quantity, generally variable, by which a variable quantity is increased.
  • n. An amplification without strict climax

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of increasing; a growing or swelling in bulk, quantity, number, value, or amount; augmentation.
  • n. Something added; an increase or augmentation; specifically, in mathematics, the excess (positive or negative) of the value which a function would have if its independent variable were increased by any amount, especially by unity, over the value which it has for any particular value of the variable; the difference of a function; also, an arbitrary supposed increase of an independent variable.
  • n. In rhetoric, a species of amplification which consists in magnifying the importance of a subject (person or thing) by stating or implying that it has no superior, or that the greatest of all others is inferior to it: as, Thou hast slain thy mother. What more can I say? Thou hast slain thy mother.
  • n. In Latin grammar, a syllable in another form of a word additional to the number of syllables in the nominative singular of a noun, adjective, etc., or the second person singular of the present indicative active of a verb.
  • n. In heraldry, the state of the moon when crescent: as, the moon in her increment.
  • n. In forestry, the volume or value of wood produced during a given period by the growth of a tree or of a stand. See accretion, 5.
  • n. A uniform variation; a regular increase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the amount by which something increases
  • n. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin incrēmentum, from incrēscere, to increase; see increase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin incrementum.



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