Increase

Definition of Increase

In`crease´
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Increased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Increasing.]
1.To become greater or more in size, quantity, number, degree, value, intensity, power, authority, reputation, wealth; to grow; to augment; to advance; - opposed to decrease.
The waters increased and bare up the ark.
- Gen. vii. 17.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
- John iii. 30.
The heavens forbid
But that our loves and comforts should increase,
Even as our days do grow!
- Shak.
2.To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
Fishes are more numerous or increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn.
- Sir M. Hale.
3.(Astron.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.
Increasing function
(Math.) a function whose value increases when that of the variable increases, and decreases when the latter is diminished; also called a monotonically increasing function.
v. t.1.To augment or make greater in bulk, quantity, extent, value, or amount, etc.; to add to; to extend; to lengthen; to enhance; to aggravate; as, to increase one's possessions, influence.
I will increase the famine.
- Ezek. v. 16.
Make denials
Increase your services.
- Shak.
n.1.
1.Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on.
- Shak.
For things of tender kind for pleasure made
Shoot up with swift increase, and sudden are decay'd.
- Dryden.
2.That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest.
Take thou no usury of him, or increase.
- Lev. xxv. 36.
Let them not live to taste this land's increase.
- Shak.
3.Progeny; issue; offspring.
All the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age.
- 1 Sam. ii. 33.
4.Generation.
5.(Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; - said of the moon.
Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon.
- Bacon.
Increase twist
the twixt of a rifle groove in which the angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle.

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