piece wise

piecewise

[pees-wahyz]
adverb Mathematics.
denoting that a function has a specified property, as smoothness or continuity, on each of a finite number of pieces into which its domain is divided: a piecewise continuous function; a piecewise differentiable curve.

Origin:
1665–75; piece + -wise

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