What does the word "increments" mean in the following sentence?
The programmer spent many months making an algorithm to map our world in 20-foot-square increments.
I looked up the word in dictionaries, but couldn't find any helpful meanings.
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An increase or addition, especially one of a series on a fixed scale.
Therefore it means the programmer is building the world one "block" at a time, in this case a 20 foot by 20 foot square.
_ | | - --- _ _ | | | | - - --- _ _ | | | | - - _ | | - --- _ _ | | | | - - _ _ | | | | - -
The algorithm will "place" these 20 foot square blocks one at a time to build the entire world!
The programmer spent months writing an algorithm to map the world in (very many very small) 20-foot-square patches.
"Increments" might not be the right word here, though it's understandable. It would be correct if the algorithm added the patches to the map one at a time - that is, incrementally.