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 Dictionary entry overview: What does increment mean? 

  The noun INCREMENT has 2 senses:

1. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
2. the amount by which something increases

  Familiarity information: INCREMENT used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1increment [BACK TO TOP]


A process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes


increment; growth; increase

Context examples:

the increase in unemployment / the growth of population

Hypernyms ("increment" is a kind of...):

physical process; process (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "increment"):

relaxation ((physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers)

pullulation (a rapid and abundant increase)

proliferation (a rapid increase in number (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons))

population growth (increase in the number of people who inhabit a territory or state)

multiplication (a multiplicative increase)

accretion ((astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases)

accretion ((biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles)

accretion ((geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment)

accretion; accumulation (an increase by natural growth or addition)

accession (a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group))

broadening; widening (an increase in width)


decrement (a process of becoming smaller or shorter)

Sense 2increment [BACK TO TOP]


The amount by which something increases

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


increment; increase

Context example:

they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare

Hypernyms ("increment" is a kind of...):

amount (how much of something is available)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "increment"):

amplification; gain (the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input)

up-tick (a small increase)

tax boost; tax hike; tax-increase (the amount by which taxes are increased)

supplement; supplementation (a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency))

boost; cost increase; hike; rise (an increase in cost)

hike; raise; rise; salary increase; wage hike; wage increase (the amount a salary is increased)

price increase (increase in price)

fare increase (increase in the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance)

complement (something added to complete or make perfect)

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