step·​wise ˈstep-ˌwīz How to pronounce stepwise (audio)
: marked by or proceeding in steps : gradual
a stepwise approach
: moving by step to adjacent musical tones
stepwise adverb
moving stepwise

Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stepwise was in 1902

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“Stepwise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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