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stepwise

[ step-wahyz ]
/ ˈstɛpˌwaɪz /
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adverb

in a steplike arrangement.
Music. from one adjacent tone to another: The melody ascends stepwise.

adjective

Music. moving from one adjacent tone to another: stepwise melodic progression.

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Origin of stepwise

First recorded in 1885–90; step + -wise
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British Dictionary definitions for stepwise

stepwise
/ (ˈstɛpˌwaɪz) /

adjective

arranged in the manner of or resembling steps
music, US proceeding by melodic intervals of a second

adverb

with the form or appearance of steps; step by step
music, US in a stepwise motion
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