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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
1885-1890
1885-90; step + -wise
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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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