ETYM Latin decrementum, from decrescere. Related to Decrease.
The amount by which a number is decreased. Compare increment. A gradual decrease in quantity or quality.
1. The state of becoming gradually less; decrease; diminution; waste; loss.
2. The quantity lost by gradual diminution or waste; -- opposed to increment.
3. A name given 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. The quantity by which a mathematical variable is diminished.
To decrease; waste.
To decrease a number by a given amount. Compare increment2.