[ dek-ruh-muhnt ]
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  1. the act or process of decreasing; gradual reduction.

  2. the amount lost by reduction.

  1. Mathematics. a negative increment.

  2. Physics. the ratio of amplitudes of a damped harmonic motion in the course of two successive oscillations.

Origin of decrement

First recorded in 1475–85; from Latin dēcrēmentum, equivalent to dēcrē(tus) (see decrease) + -mentum -ment

Other words from decrement

  • dec·re·men·tal [dek-ruh-men-tl], /ˌdɛk rəˈmɛn tl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for decrement


/ (ˈdɛkrɪmənt) /

  1. the act of decreasing; diminution

  2. maths a negative increment

  1. physics a measure of the damping of an oscillator, expressed by the ratio of the amplitude of a cycle to its amplitude after one period

  2. (of spectra) a sequence of related spectrum lines decaying in intensity, e.g. Balmer decay

Origin of decrement

C17: from Latin dēcrēmentum, from dēcrescere to decrease

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