1. the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Income \In"come\, n.
1. A coming in; entrance; admittance; ingress; infusion.
More abundant incomes of light and strength from
God. --Bp. Rust.
At mine income I louted low. --Drant.
2. That which is caused to enter; inspiration; influence;
hence, courage or zeal imparted. [R.]
I would then make in and steep
My income in their blood. --Chapman.
3. That gain which proceeds from labor, business, property,
or capital of any kind, as the produce of a farm, the rent
of houses, the proceeds of professional business, the
profits of commerce or of occupation, or the interest of
money or stock in funds, etc.; revenue; receipts; salary;
especially, the annual receipts of a private person, or a
corporation, from property; as, a large income.
No fields afford
So large an income to the village lord. --Dryden.
4. (Physiol.) That which is taken into the body as food; the
ingesta; -- sometimes restricted to the nutritive, or
digestible, portion of the food. See Food. Opposed to
Income bond, a bond issued on the income of the corporation
or company issuing it, and the interest of which is to be
paid from the earnings of the company before any dividends
are made to stockholders; -- issued chiefly or exclusively
by railroad companies.
Income tax, a tax upon a person's incomes, emoluments,
profits, etc., or upon the excess beyond a certain amount.
Syn: Gain; profit; proceeds; salary; revenue; receipts;
interest; emolument; produce.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a
given period of time [ant: expenditure, outgo,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
124 Moby Thesaurus words for "income":
access, admission, avails, base pay, box office, capital gains,
cleanup, clear profit, commissions, compensation, credit, credits,
dismissal wage, disposable income, dividend, dividends,
earned income, earnings, entrance, entree, entry, escalator clause,
escalator plan, filthy lucre, financial remuneration, gain, gains,
gate, gate receipts, get, gettings, gleanings, gross, gross income,
gross profit, gross receipts, guaranteed annual wage, hire, hoard,
import, importation, importing, incoming, infiltration, ingoing,
ingress, ingression, input, insertion, insinuation, intake,
interest, interpenetration, introduction, introgression, intrusion,
killing, leakage, living wage, lucre, make, makings, minimum wage,
neat profit, net, net income, net profit, net receipts, output,
paper profits, pay, pay and allowances, payment, payroll, pelf,
penetration, percentage, percolation, perk, perks, perquisite,
pickings, portal-to-portal pay, proceeds, produce, profit, profits,
purchasing power, rake-off, real wages, receipt, receipts,
receivables, reception, remuneration, return, returns, revenue,
royalties, salary, seepage, severance pay, sliding scale, store,
take, take-home, take-home pay, take-in, takings, taxable income,
total compensation, unearned income, wage, wage control,
wage freeze, wage reduction, wage rollback, wage scale, wages,
wages after deductions, wages after taxes, wealth, winnings,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
INCOME. The gain which proceeds from property, labor, or business; it is
applied particularly to individuals; the income of the government is usually
2. It has been holden that a devise of the income of land, is in effect
the same as a devise of the land itself. 9 Mass. 372; 1 Ashm. 136.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
INCOME, n. The natural and rational gauge and measure of
respectability, the commonly accepted standards being artificial,
arbitrary and fallacious; for, as "Sir Sycophas Chrysolater" in the
play has justly remarked, "the true use and function of property (in
whatsoever it consisteth -- coins, or land, or houses, or merchant-
stuff, or anything which may be named as holden of right to one's own
subservience) as also of honors, titles, preferments and place, and
all favor and acquaintance of persons of quality or ableness, are but
to get money. Hence it followeth that all things are truly to be
rated as of worth in measure of their serviceableness to that end; and
their possessors should take rank in agreement thereto, neither the
lord of an unproducing manor, howsoever broad and ancient, nor he who
bears an unremunerate dignity, nor yet the pauper favorite of a king,
being esteemed of level excellency with him whose riches are of daily
accretion; and hardly should they whose wealth is barren claim and
rightly take more honor than the poor and unworthy."