scale·​wise ˈskāl-ˌwīz How to pronounce scalewise (audio)
: stepwise entry 2 sense 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
scalewise adverb

Word History


scale entry 7 + -wise

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scalewise was in 1875

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“Scalewise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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