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- A small quantity removed or lost. One of a series of regular subtractions.
- To decrease a value by a basic quantity unit. Opposite of increment. Typically used in computer programming. If A=3, and you decrement A, then A=2.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Dec"re*ment (?), n. [L.
decrementum, fr. decrescere. See Decrease.]
1. The state of becoming gradually less;
decrease; diminution; waste; loss.
Twit me with the decrements of my
Rocks, mountains, and the other elevations of the
earth suffer a continual decrement.
2. The quantity lost by gradual diminution or
waste; -- opposed to increment.
3. (Crystallog.) A name given by
Haüy to the successive diminution of the layers of molecules,
applied to the faces of the primitive form, by which he supposed the
secondary forms to be produced.
4. (Math.) The quantity by which a
variable is diminished.
Equal decrement of life. (a)
The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed
law of mortality is such that of a given large number of persons, all
being now of the same age, an equal number shall die each consecutive
year. (b) The decrease of life in a group of
persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that the ratio
of those dying in a year to those living through the year is
constant, being independent of the age of the persons.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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