increment-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a process of graduated growth or increase

Commentary: INCREMENT[+activity][+growth][+graduated]
NOTE: refers to a trend, a directed change, without denoting a specific interval, amount

Mary noticed the increment of weeds in the garden after the rain.
Drug dealers may be responsible for the recent increment in crime in the city.
The ban on new building here may cause an increment in the prices of the existing homes.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an interval of changed amount, either positive or negative

Commentary: INCREMENT[+quantity][+interval][+specified][+positive/+negative]

The loop in the computer program sets the value of i higher each time by an increment of 1.
Labor has proposed an increment of 10 percent to the current base pay scale.
The child counted to 100 in increments of five.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2