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the act of ; state of being .
that by which anything is .
Music. modification of a theme by increasing the time value of all its notes.
Heraldry. an addition to a coat of arms granted to a person by a sovereign power in recognition of a notable action.
Historical Examples

Another family which bears an augmentation to commemorate King Charles’ escape is Whitgreave.
A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

Balsams become peloric by the augmentation in the number of spurs.
Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters

Parliament unanimously voted an augmentation of eighty-five thousand men to the navy, and sixty thousand to the army.
Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2) The Duke of Buckingham

The augmentation of the duty on imposts met with no opposition.
The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5) John Marshall

The ships shall rejoice at so great an augmentation, and one shall be made out of two.
Old English Chronicles Various

I do not expect this advantage will be by an augmentation of price.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

augmentation and Diminution; the length of the notes is doubled or halved while their metrical relativity is maintained, e.g.
Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding

Sir Charles Lyell admits that the fact of augmentation is proved.
British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV Various

The rumour of this bold and successful achievement brought him offers at an augmentation of salary.
Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, No.690 Various

See the Present State of the War, and the necessity of an augmentation.
The Life of Daniel De Foe George Chalmers

the act of augmenting or the state of being augmented
the amount by which something is increased
(music) the presentation of a subject of a fugue, in which the note values are uniformly increased Compare diminution (sense 2)

mid-15c., “act of making greater,” from Old French augmentacion “increase,” from Late Latin augmentationem (nominative augmentatio), noun of action from past participle stem of augmentare (see augment). Meaning “amount by which something is increased” is from 1520s. Musical sense is from 1590s.


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