[ in-kruh-muh nt, ing- ]
/ ˈɪn krə mənt, ˈɪŋ- /


something added or gained; addition; increase.
profit; gain.
the act or process of increasing; growth.
an amount by which something increases or grows: a weekly increment of $25 in salary.
one of a series of regular additions: You may make deposits in increments of $500.
  1. the difference between two values of a variable; a change, positive, negative, or zero, in an independent variable.
  2. the increase of a function due to an increase in the independent variable.



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Origin of increment

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin incrēmentum an increase, equivalent to incrē(scere) to grow (see increase) + -mentum -ment


in·cre·men·tal [in-kruh-men-tl, ing-] /ˌɪn krəˈmɛn tl, ˌɪŋ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for increment

/ (ˈɪnkrɪmənt) /


an increase or addition, esp one of a series
the act of increasing; augmentation
maths a small positive or negative change in a variable or function. Symbol: Δ, as in Δ x or Δ f

Word Origin for increment

C15: from Latin incrēmentum growth, increase
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Medical definitions for increment

[ ĭnkrə-mənt, ĭng- ]


The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.
Something added or gained.
A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.

Other words from increment

in′cre•mental (-mĕntl) adj.
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