Increase

In"crease

(?; 277), n. [OE. encres, encresse. See Increase, v. i.]
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1. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
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As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on.
Shak.
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For things of tender kind for pleasure made
Shoot up with swift increase, and sudden are decay'd.
Dryden.
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2. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest.
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Take thou no usury of him, or increase.
Lev. xxv. 36.
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Let them not live to taste this land's increase.
Shak.
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3. Progeny; issue; offspring.
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All the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age.
1 Sam. ii. 33.
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4. Generation. [Obs.] "Organs of increase." Shak.
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5. (Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
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Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon.
Bacon.
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Increase twist, the twixt of a rifle groove in which the angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle.

Syn. -- Enlargement; extension; growth; development; increment; addition; accession; production.
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