the act or process of decreasing; gradual reduction.
the amount lost by reduction.
Mathematics. a negative increment.
Physics. the ratio of amplitudes of a damped harmonic motion in the course of two successive oscillations.
- dec·re·men·tal [dek-ruh-men-tl], /ˌdɛk rəˈmɛn tl/, adjective
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How to use decrement in a sentence
See an admirable statement of the three forms of decrement, in Hay, Trait de Minralogie, vol.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 2 of 3 | Henry Thomas Buckle
The decrement in the capacity of the grooves follows the proportion of 15 to 11.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
It is perfectly intelligible that a progressive fatigue and decrement of the magnitude of contraction must ensue.Life Movements in Plants | Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Evolution is the decrement of this difference between the purely formal and the actual.The Mystery of Space | Robert T. Browne
Yet no intellect is able to perceive in any given lifetime the actual decrement of this angle.The Mystery of Space | Robert T. Browne
British Dictionary definitions for decrement
the act of decreasing; diminution
maths a negative increment
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
(of spectra) a sequence of related spectrum lines decaying in intensity, e.g. Balmer decay
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