Definition of scalewise
: 2stepwise 2 A four-note scalewise descent in the minor mode has been an image of lament since the Renaissance … — Paul Griffiths, The New York Times, 11 Aug. 2002 … in some of the organ works, he was hypnotized by scalewise movement. — Wilfrid Mellers, Musical Quarterly, October 1954
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Origin and Etymology of scalewise
7scale + -wise
First Known Use: 1875
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