**In"cre*ment** (?), n. [L. *incrementum*: cf. F. *incr'ement*. See Increase.]

**1.**

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.
*Woodward.*

A nation, to be great, ought to be compressed in its **increment** by nations more civilized than itself.
*Coleridge.*

**2.**

Matter added; increase; produce; production; -- opposed to *decrement*.

"Large

*increment*."

*J. Philips.*

**3.** 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.

**4.** 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.
*Phil. iv. 8.*

Infinitesimal increment Math., an infinitesimally small variation considered in Differential Calculus. See Calculus. -- Method of increments Math., a calculus founded on the properties of the successive values of variable quantities and their differences or increments. It differs from the *method of fluxions** in treating these differences as finite, instead of infinitely small, and is equivalent to the calculus of **finite differences**.
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