Definition of stepwise adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstepwaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstepwaɪz//
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  1. 1in a series of steps, rather than continuously
  2. 2 (music) (of a melody) moving in a way that uses only the notes that are next to each other in a scale
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stepwise