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Decrement Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    decrement n
  1. the amount by which something decreases [syn: decrease] [ant: increase]
  2. a process of becoming smaller or shorter [syn: decrease] [ant: increase, increase]
Decrement Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Decrement \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 pendants. --Ford. Rocks, mountains, and the other elevations of the earth suffer a continual decrement. --Woodward.
  2. The quantity lost by gradual diminution or waste; -- opposed to increment.
  3. (Crystallog.) A name given by Ha["u]y 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.
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  • Decrement table: Decrement tables, also called life table methods, are used to calculate the probability of certain events.- Birth control: Life table methods ...
  • Increment and decrement operators: Commonly in imperative programming language s, Increment operator and decrement operator are unary operator s that add one and subtract ...
  • Logarithmic decrement: Logarithmic decrement, δ, is used to find the damping ratio of an underdamped system in the time domain. The logarithmic decrement is the ...

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