addition


addition
addition, accretion, increment, accession agree in denoting a thing that serves to increase another in size, amount, or content.
Addition implies union with something already existing as a whole or as a unit
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he built an addition to his house last year

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the office boy, a recent addition to the staff, was busy with the copying press— Archibald Marshall

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Sometimes improvement rather than increase is stressed
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the paintings were an addition to the room

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Accretion implies attachment from the outside; it may be used of the process as well as of the thing added
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a rolled snowball grows by accretion

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It often suggests additions made to an original body over a considerable period of time
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the professional historian, whose aim is exact truth, should brush aside the glittering accretions of fiction that have encrusted it— Grandgent

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Nearly always it implies the addition of unessential or alien matter
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all progress in literary style lies in the heroic resolve to cast aside accretions and exuberances— Ellis

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Increment usually implies addition bit by bit in consecutive or serial order
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the salaries are raised by annual increments

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one more wave in the endless ebb and flow of action and reaction, the infinitesimal increments of which we call Progress— Lowes

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Sometimes it signifies increase in value
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benefited from an unearned increment in the value of his land resulting from growth of the city

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Accession denotes something acquired that constitutes an addition to contents, holdings, or possessions
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recent accessions to a library

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the greatest accession of positive knowledge has come in our own time— lnge

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  • addition — UK US /əˈdɪʃən/ noun ► [C] something extra that is added to something: an addition to sth »The company provides a compensation package which amounts to an addition to the employee s salary. ► [U] the act of adding something to something else: the …   Financial and business terms

  • addition — Addition. s. f. Surcroist, adjonction à quelque chose que ce soit. Faire une addition, une longue addition. un tel livre avec les additions. on a informé par addition contre luy. Addition. Premiere regle d Arithmetique; qui apprend à additionner …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Addition — Ad*di tion, n. [F. addition, L. additio, fr. addere to add.] 1. The act of adding two or more things together; opposed to {subtraction} or {diminution}. This endless addition or addibility of numbers. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything added;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • addition — ADDITION. sub. f. (On prononce les D.) Ce qui est ajouté à quelque chose. Faire des additions, de longues additions. Un livre avec des additions. f♛/b] On dit, en termes de Pratique, Informer par addition, pour, Ajouter une nouvelle information à …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • addition — [ə dish′ən] n. [ME addicion < OFr addition < L additio < addere: see ADD1] 1. an adding of two or more numbers to get a number called the sum 2. a joining of a thing to another thing 3. a thing or part added; increase; specif., a room or …   English World dictionary

  • Addition — kann jede eindeutige Verknüpfung von Größen (im weitesten Sinne des Wortes; vgl. a. Mathematik) genannt werden, die folgende Eigenschaften – bei deren Darstellung bereits das Additionszeichen +, gelesen plus, und das Wort Summe für das… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • addition — I noun accessio, accession, accessory, addend, addendum, additament, additive, adiectio, adjunct, adjunction, annex, annexation, attachment, augmentation, complement, enlargement, extension, increase, increment, joining, pendant, subjunction,… …   Law dictionary

  • addition — (n.) late 14c., action of adding numbers; c.1400, that which is added, from O.Fr. adition increase, augmentation (13c.), from L. additionem (nom. additio) an adding to, addition, noun of action from pp. stem of addere (see ADD (Cf. add)). Phrase… …   Etymology dictionary


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