Increase
Increase In"crease (?; 277), n. [OE. encres, encresse. See {Increase}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth. [1913 Webster]

As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

For things of tender kind for pleasure made Shoot up with swift increase, and sudden are decay'd. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest. [1913 Webster]

Take thou no usury of him, or increase. --Lev. xxv. 36. [1913 Webster]

Let them not live to taste this land's increase. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Progeny; issue; offspring. [1913 Webster]

All the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age. --1 Sam. ii. 33. [1913 Webster]

4. Generation. [Obs.] ``Organs of increase.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon. [1913 Webster]

Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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