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1. The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.
2. Something added or gained: a force swelled by increments from allied armies.
3. A slight, often barely perceptible augmentation.
4. One of a series of regular additions or contributions: accumulating a fund by increments.
5. Mathematics A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.
[Middle English, from Latin incrēmentum, from incrēscere, to increase; see increase.]
in′cre·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
in′cre·men·tal′i·ty (-mĕn-tăl′ĭ-tē) n.
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by increments; in an incremental way
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