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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the amount by which something decreases;
[syn: decrease, decrement]

2. a process of becoming smaller or shorter;
[syn: decrease, decrement]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Decrement \Dec"re*ment\, n. [L. decrementum, fr. decrescere. See Decrease.] 1. The state of becoming gradually less; decrease; diminution; waste; loss. [1913 Webster] Twit me with the decrements of my pendants. --Ford. [1913 Webster] Rocks, mountains, and the other elevations of the earth suffer a continual decrement. --Woodward. [1913 Webster] 2. The quantity lost by gradual diminution or waste; -- opposed to increment. [1913 Webster] 3. (Crystallog.) A name given by Ha["u]y to the successive diminution of the layers of molecules, applied to the faces of the primitive form, by which he supposed the secondary forms to be produced. [1913 Webster] 4. (Math.) The quantity by which a variable is diminished. [1913 Webster] Equal decrement of life. (a) The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that of a given large number of persons, all being now of the same age, an equal number shall die each consecutive year. (b) The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that the ratio of those dying in a year to those living through the year is constant, being independent of the age of the persons. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

decrement n 1: the amount by which something decreases [syn: decrease, decrement] [ant: increase, increment] 2: a process of becoming smaller or shorter [syn: decrease, decrement] [ant: growth, increase, increment]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

71 Moby Thesaurus words for "decrement": abatement, ablation, abridgment, alleviation, attenuation, attrition, consumption, contraction, corrosion, curtailment, cut, cutting, dampening, damping, decrease, decrescence, deduction, deflation, deliquescence, depletion, depreciation, depression, derogation, detraction, diminishment, diminution, dip, disparagement, dissipation, dissolution, drain, dying, dying off, erosion, evaporation, exhaustion, expenditure, extenuation, extraction, fade-out, impairment, impoverishment, languishment, leakage, lessening, letup, loss, lowering, miniaturization, minus, mitigation, reduction, relaxation, remission, retraction, retrenchment, sagging, scaling down, shortening, shrinkage, simplicity, subtraction, truncation, using, using up, wastage, waste, weakening, wear and tear, wearing, wearing away