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Definition of increment (Meaning of increment)
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Increment In"cre*ment, n. [L. incrementum: cf. F.
	     incr['e]ment. See {Increase}.]
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	     1. The act or process of increasing; growth in bulk,
	        guantity, number, value, or amount; augmentation;
	        enlargement.
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	              The seminary that furnisheth matter for the
	              formation and increment of animal and vegetable
	              bodies.                               --Woodward.
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	              A nation, to be great, ought to be compressed in its
	              increment by nations more civilized than itself.
	                                                    --Coleridge.
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	     2. Matter added; increase; produce; production; -- opposed to
	        {decrement}. ``Large increment.'' --J. Philips.
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	     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.
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	     4. (Rhet.) An amplification without strict climax, as in the
	        following passage:
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	              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.
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	     {Infinitesimal increment} (Math.), an infinitesimally small
	        variation considered in Differential Calculus. See
	        {Calculus}.
	
	     {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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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