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decrement

[ dek-ruh-muhnt ]
/ ˈdɛk rə mənt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of decrement

1475–85; <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

decrement
/ (ˈdɛkrɪmənt) /

noun
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

Word Origin for decrement

C17: from Latin dēcrēmentum, from dēcrescere to decrease
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