1. something added or gained; addition; increase.
  2. profit; gain.
  3. the act or process of increasing; growth.
  4. an amount by which something increases or grows: a weekly increment of $25 in salary.
  5. one of a series of regular additions: You may make deposits in increments of $500.
  6. Mathematics.
    1. the difference between two values of a variable; a change, positive, negative, or zero, in an independent variable.
    2. the increase of a function due to an increase in the independent variable.


  1. an increase or addition, esp one of a series
  2. the act of increasing; augmentation
  3. maths a small positive or negative change in a variable or function. Symbol: Δ, as in Δ x or Δ f

mid-15c., “act or process of increasing,” from Latin incrementum “growth, increase; an addition,” from stem of increscere “to grow in or upon” (see increase). Meaning “amount of increase” first attested 1630s.


  1. The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.
  2. Something added or gained.
  3. A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.

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