stepwise

stepwise

[step-wahyz]
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:
1885–90; step + -wise

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

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