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decrement


noun

  1. the act or process of decreasing; gradual reduction.
  2. the amount lost by reduction.
  3. Mathematics. a negative increment.
  4. Physics. the ratio of amplitudes of a damped harmonic motion in the course of two successive oscillations.

noun

  1. the act of decreasing; diminution
  2. maths a negative increment
  3. physics a measure of the damping of an oscillator, expressed by the ratio of the amplitude of a cycle to its amplitude after one period
  4. (of spectra) a sequence of related spectrum lines decaying in intensity, e.g. Balmer decay
n.

1620s, from Latin decrementum “diminution,” from stem of decrescere (see decrease).

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