increment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n increment the amount by which something increases "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"
    • n increment a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important "the increase in unemployment","the growth of population"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Increment (Rhet) An amplification without strict climax, as in the following passage: "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."
    • Increment Matter added; increase; produce; production; -- opposed to decrement. "Large increment ."
    • Increment The act or process of increasing; growth in bulk, guantity, number, value, or amount; augmentation; enlargement. "The seminary that furnisheth matter for the formation and increment of animal and vegetable bodies.""A nation, to be great, ought to be compressed in its increment by nations more civilized than itself."
    • Increment (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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n increment The act or process of increasing; a growing or swelling in bulk, quantity, number, value, or amount; augmentation.
    • n increment Something added; an increase or augmentation; specifically, in mathematics, the excess (positive or negative) of the value which a function would have if its independent variable were increased by any amount, especially by unity, over the value which it has for any particular value of the variable; the difference of a function; also, an arbitrary supposed increase of an independent variable.
    • n increment In rhetoric, a species of amplification which consists in magnifying the importance of a subject (person or thing) by stating or implying that it has no superior, or that the greatest of all others is inferior to it: as, Thou hast slain thy mother. What more can I say? Thou hast slain thy mother.
    • n increment In Latin grammar, a syllable in another form of a word additional to the number of syllables in the nominative singular of a noun, adjective, etc., or the second person singular of the present indicative active of a verb. The increment nearest the beginning of the word is called the first, and those succeeding it are the second and third respectively, the last syllable not being counted. Thus in i- ti-ne-ri-bus from i-ter, au- di-vis-se-tis from au-di-o, au-dis, the increments are numbered as indicated.
    • n increment In heraldry, the state of the moon when crescent: as, the moon in her increment.
    • n increment In forestry, the volume or value of wood produced during a given period by the growth of a tree or of a stand. See accretion, 5.
    • n increment A uniform variation; a regular increase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Increment in′kre-ment act of increasing or becoming greater: growth: that by which anything is increased: : :
    • n Increment in′kre-ment (math.) the finite increase of a variable quantity
    • n Increment in′kre-ment (rhet.) an adding of particulars without climax (see 2 Peter, i. 5-7)
    • n Increment in′kre-ment (gram.) a syllable in excess of the number of the nominative singular or the second pers. sing. present indicative
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Quotations

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    “If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incrementum,: cf. F. incrément,. See Increase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. incrementumincrescĕre, to increase.

Usage

In literature:

The Indian's following, earls, dukes, kings, have thronged to him, for the love and increment of chivalry.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
If animals are fed other food in the orchard, the fertilizer increment will be considerable.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
It might be thought, that the difference of position has much influence on the increment of the different larvae; yet it has none.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
The manner in which they act by periodical increments on the system, till some effect is produced, is spoken of in Sect.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
This vessel is weighed with a counterpoise and hence only the increment in weight is recorded.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
Is the increment earned or unearned?
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
AL is the line indicating at the several points, B, C, D, etc., proportional increments in supply.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
The men all shared in the profit, but once more their master appropriated the new increment in power.
"Is civilization a disease?" by Stanton Coit
Here was the heir to unearned and untold increments.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
For later increments the value is measurable, and ever less with the increase.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
Here is the true cause of all modern increments of wealth.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
In deciding upon this figure we considered ourselves very moderate in refusing to add probable future increment.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Vice-consuls have an annual salary of L350, rising by annual increments of L15 to L450.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
This extra product can be attributed entirely to the increment of labor.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
A similar increment of bulk was also observed in fluids; and it was likewise known, that their dimensions contracted as they cooled.
"Sound Mind" by John Haslam
Any extra compensation is unearned increment to the barber.
"The Itching Palm" by William R Scott
It involves amounts, totals and increments.
"The Call of the World" by W. E. Doughty
They discounted the unearned increment for a generation to come.
"Bransford of Rainbow Range" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
They are similar in their origin and similar in being a tax levied on each increment of wealth which labor produces.
"The Acquisitive Society" by R. H. Tawney
It is unearned increment which forces up the death-rate and fosters all manner of disease and vice.
"Britain for the British" by Robert Blatchford
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In poetry:

Shadow Baldur, by my tent,
bursts with reeking juices.
Thor throws in his increment,
opening heaven's sluices.
"Water Music" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Because some strange, cyclonic thing has happened - God knows where -
Men dream again of easy days, of cash to spend and spare.
The ring fair Clara coveted, Belinda's furs are nigh,
As clerklings watch their increments fall shining from the sky.
"A Song of Rain" by C J Dennis

In news:

Lange said it is better to raise fares incrementally than adopt large increases every 4-5 years.
The plan — a 2010 charrette report — was approved, but tax-increment financing wasn't approved even though it was part of the report.
"An incremental gain by Rick Lazio will not have him beating Andrew Cuomo nine months from now," Greenberg said.
But this is changing, at least incrementally, as high-resolution downloads are available for sale from several Websites.
Small increments from small 'figures' add up quickly.
When it comes to The Big Fresno Fair horse racing, less is incrementally more.
Although the winter season often means a drop in incremental revenue from outdoor spaces and restaurants, the W Los Angeles.
Case of Incremental Implementation .
It featured, as always but in a far bigger increment than the usual increase, a record amount of spending by outside groups.
"There are some incremental cost (increases), but not so much," Koch said.
TCS created multiple channels, and managers are trained how to direct an employee's idea: incremental innovations are handled and funded by the business unit in which the idea originated.
Traditionally, advancements in the practice and professionalism of community pharmacy have come incrementally, one small step at a time.
The lab has been "expanding incrementally" but now will move forward with a full build-out of its Raley Boulevard facility, Hewett said.
If you've been holiday shopping in the last few weeks, you may have noticed an increase in advertisements touting layaway – the practice of paying for merchandise in increments over a period of time and taking it home once payments are made.
Council approves charette report, considers tax-increment financing for downtown.
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In science:

Our implementation strategy is to incrementally develop components.
A GRB Tool Shed
Let us compute the moments of the increments of the MRW X (t).
A multifractal random walk
Let us study the correlation structure of the increments of X (t).
A multifractal random walk
They all can be easily estimated using the ζq spectrum and the increment correlation structure.
A multifractal random walk
FIG. 4: Estimation (◦) of the correlation C (ln) (l, τ ) of the logarithm of the increments.
A multifractal random walk
For other special choices of the deformation parameter q variables Gµ also have natural probabilistic interpretations [FB], namely as increments of a dichotomic Markov process (for q = −1) or as Wigner’s large random matrices (for q = 0).
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
Dynamics of this process can be described by the increment of instability.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
It is shown that the increment is maximal in the case without magnetic field.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
The increment |f (n + 1) − f (n)| is bounded from above by some constant.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
The returns rt are obtained from the simulated price curve xt (see Fig. 2) after it is shifted (incremented by one) to make it positive.
A simple model of price formation
The pdf ’s of velocity differences in turbulence show an increasing asymmetry between positive and negative increments as r is reduced within the inertial range .
Turbulent self-organized criticality
Hence, the relevant parameter in the model is the ratio of updated and added links at each time step, i.e., β ≡ f1 (t)/f0 (t) = (1 − α)/α, which is independent of the actual increment M (t).
Access time of an adaptive random walk on the world-wide Web
Ri+1 = a × Ri + b (mod m), where a, b and m are integers. a is called the generator or multiplier, b the increment and m the modulus.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Hence, the increment of the phase S over any closed path must be zero or an integral multiple of 2π .
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
If the superfluid fills a simply-connected region, the irrotationality of the velocity field (∇ × v = 0) strictly implies that the increment is zero, and the superfluid can not rotate at all.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
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