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stepwise

[step-wahyz] /ˈstɛpˌwaɪz/
adverb
1.
in a steplike arrangement.
2.
Music. from one adjacent tone to another:
The melody ascends stepwise.
adjective
3.
Music. moving from one adjacent tone to another:
stepwise melodic progression.
Origin of stepwise
1885-1890
1885-90; step + -wise
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  • When the syncopated note belongs to the harmony of the measure, it may be left by a skip or stepwise progression.

  • Remember that it is easiest to leap from one register to a higher, a stepwise ascent being an insidious snare.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • So at a definite, measurable rate this stepwise disintegration proceeds.

    A Brief Account of Radio-activity Francis Preston Venable
  • When the music moves about stepwise in close proximity above and below the breaks, we have another cause of flattening.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
British Dictionary definitions for stepwise

stepwise

/ˈstɛpˌwaɪz/
adjective
1.
arranged in the manner of or resembling steps
2.
(music, US) proceeding by melodic intervals of a second
adverb
3.
with the form or appearance of steps; step by step
4.
(music, US) in a stepwise motion
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