increment[in′krə mənt, iŋ′-]
- The definition of increment is the process of increasing by a specific amount, or the amount by which something increases.
An example of an increment is an annual salary increase of 5%.
- the fact of becoming greater or larger; increase; gain; growth
- amount of increase: an annual increment of $300 in salary
- an increase, usually small, often one of a series
- Math. the quantity, usually small, by which a variable increases or is increased: a negative increment results in a decrease
Origin of incrementMiddle English ; from Classical Latin incrementum ; from base of increscere, to increase
- The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.
- Something added or gained: a force swelled by increments from allied armies.
- A slight, often barely perceptible augmentation.
- One of a series of regular additions or contributions: accumulating a fund by increments.
- Mathematics A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.
Origin of incrementMiddle English, from Latin incrēmentum, from incrēscere, to increase; see increase.
- The action of increasing or becoming greater.
- (heraldry) The waxing of the moon.
- The amount of increase.
- (rhetoric) An amplification without strict climax, as in the following passage: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, […] think on these things."
(third-person singular simple present increments, present participle incrementing, simple past and past participle incremented)
- Used in many technical fields, especially in mathematics and computing.
From Latin incrementum.
increment - Computer Definition
To add a number to another number. Incrementing a counter means adding 1 to its current value.
increment - Legal Definition