• WordNet 3.6
    • n decrement the amount by which something decreases
    • n decrement a process of becoming smaller or shorter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Decrement (Crystallog) A name given by Haüy 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.
    • Decrement (Math) The quantity by which a variable is diminished.
    • Decrement The quantity lost by gradual diminution or waste; -- opposed to increment.
    • Decrement The state of becoming gradually less; decrease; diminution; waste; loss. "Twit me with the decrements of my pendants.""Rocks, mountains, and the other elevations of the earth suffer a continual decrement ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n decrement The act or state of decreasing; the becoming gradually less; lessening; waste.
    • n decrement The quantity lost by gradual diminution or waste; specifically, in mathematics, the small part by which a variable quantity becomes less and less.
    • n decrement In heraldry, the condition of waning: said of the moon. It is represented by turning the horns of the crescent toward the sinister side. Also called detriment.
    • n decrement In crystallography, a successive diminution of the layers of molecules applied to the faces of the primitive form, by which the secondary forms are hypothetically produced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Decrement dek′re-ment the act or state of decreasing: the quantity lost by decrease.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decrementum, fr. decrescere,. See Decrease
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decrementum.


In literature:

That grant will be reduced annually by decrements of L50,000 until it reaches L200,000.
"Home Rule" by Harold Spender
He checked the decrement of the reflected radar pulse.
"Pushbutton War" by Joseph P. Martino
What is the depth of the sea in several places, and the Order of its increase and Decrements?
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various

In poetry:

Exalt, Infinity, thy might,
Nor deem their decrement to mark.
Spread thou their ashes on the dark:
Behold! they leap again to light—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
"Cease your writing, cease your shouting, cease your wild unearthly lying;
Cease to bandy such expressions as are never, never found
In the letter of a lover; cease "exposing" and "replying"
Let there be abated fury and a decrement of sound.
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

Our approach allows formalizing concurrent actions whose effects increment/decrement the value of additive fluents.

In science:

To do this we traverse all the creases that will vanish after a fold and decrement the corresponding numbers.
When Can You Fold a Map?
A map of the Hα/Hβ Balmer decrement is presented in Fig. 6a.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
The white spots are stars and can be identified using Fig. 4. a) Balmer decrement Hα/Hβ .
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
While dust may be mixed with ionized gas, such a large extinction implies the presence of dust also outside the nebula, since the Balmer decrement due to absorption by internal dust becomes saturated at a ratio of 4.3 (for R = AV /E (B − V ) = 3.1) or AV = 1.1 mag.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
The flow is followed by progressively incrementing or decrementing the boundary field ξ .
Lattice Approach to Excited TBA Boundary Flows: Tricritical Ising Model