[syn: increase, increment]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Increment \In"cre*ment\, n. [L. incrementum: cf. F.
incr['e]ment. See Increase.]
1. The act or process of increasing; growth in bulk,
guantity, number, value, or amount; augmentation;
The seminary that furnisheth matter for the
formation and increment of animal and vegetable
A nation, to be great, ought to be compressed in its
increment by nations more civilized than itself.
2. Matter added; increase; produce; production; -- opposed to
decrement. "Large increment." --J. Philips.
3. (Math.) The increase of a variable quantity or fraction
from its present value to its next ascending value; the
finite quantity, generally variable, by which a variable
quantity is increased.
4. (Rhet.) An amplification without strict climax, as in the
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. --Phil. iv. 8.
Infinitesimal increment (Math.), an infinitesimally small
variation considered in Differential Calculus. See
Method of increments (Math.), a calculus founded on the
properties of the successive values of variable quantities
and their differences or increments. It differs from the
method of fluxions in treating these differences as
finite, instead of infinitely small, and is equivalent to
the calculus of finite differences.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or
more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth
of population" [syn: increase, increment, growth]
[ant: decrease, decrement]
2: the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an
increase of 15 percent in the fare" [syn: increase,
increment] [ant: decrease, decrement]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
89 Moby Thesaurus words for "increment":
access, accession, accessory, accompaniment, accretion, accrual,
accruement, accumulation, addenda, addendum, additament, addition,
additive, additory, additum, adjunct, adjuvant, advance,
aggrandizement, amplification, annex, annexation, appanage,
appendage, appendant, appreciation, appurtenance, appurtenant,
ascent, attachment, augment, augmentation, ballooning, bloating,
boom, boost, broadening, buildup, coda, complement, concomitant,
continuation, corollary, crescendo, development, edema, elevation,
enlargement, expansion, extension, extrapolation, fixture, flood,
gain, greatening, growth, gush, hike, increase, inflation, jump,
leap, mounting, multiplication, offshoot, pendant, productiveness,
proliferation, raise, reinforcement, rise, side effect, side issue,
snowballing, spread, supplement, surge, swelling, tailpiece,
tumescence, undergirding, up, upping, upsurge, upswing, uptrend,
upturn, waxing, widening