stepwise

adjective step·wise \ ˈstep-ˌwīz \

Definition of stepwise

1 : marked by or proceeding in steps : gradual
  • a stepwise approach
2 : moving by step to adjacent musical tones

stepwise

adverb
    • moving stepwise

First Known Use of stepwise

1902

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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