Meaning of stepwise

step•wise

Pronunciation: (step'wīz"), [key]
— adv.
  1. in a steplike arrangement.
  2. from one adjacent tone to another: The melody ascends stepwise.
—adj.
  1. moving from one adjacent tone to another: stepwise melodic progression.
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