Definition of stepwise in US English:

stepwise

adverb & adjective

  • 1In a series of distinct stages; not continuously.

    as adverb ‘concentrations of the acid tend to decrease stepwise’
    as adjective ‘a stepwise procedure’
    • ‘We may assume that decreasing this dose stepwise after exposure to high altitude further decreases the risk of adverse effects from weaning.’
    • ‘In the guidelines we follow a stepwise approach.’
    • ‘Overall production time is decreased to two days by stepwise optimization of the processing chain.’
    • ‘A major unanswered question is how the stepwise rotation is coupled to distinct chemical reactions in the three sites.’
    • ‘Also, there will be a demonstration of stepwise production of tea, coffee and how jute reaches the finishing stage.’
    • ‘Dietary change is achieved by a series of small stepwise changes rather than a major disruption.’
    • ‘This procedure of stepwise construct loading was continued until a failure of fixation was detected.’
    • ‘More details came from studies using the pressure microprobe to monitor changes in cell turgor pressure while growth was also monitored during stepwise changes in medium water status.’
    • ‘Treatment should begin early, involve the family, and institute permanent changes in a stepwise manner.’
    • ‘For the present 2002-2003 school year, stepwise or staggered increases will average out to about 1 percent.’
    • ‘We used micropipette manipulation for forming and subsequently breaking the adhesive contact through a stepwise micromechanical procedure.’
    • ‘This hierarchy was used because it is one of the most well known taxonomies of learning in the cognitive domain and clearly shows the stepwise approach that we wanted to work with.’
    • ‘We established the proportion of participants at high risk of cardiovascular disease in a stepwise manner, in accordance with the guidelines.’
    • ‘More developed countries must adopt Britain's commitment to stepwise halving of national emissions by 2050.’
    • ‘Moreover, we demonstrate that this procedure is useful as a detection method for the stepwise purification of the enzyme to homogeneity.’
    • ‘In light/dark conditions, the short-term growth rate oscillations after stepwise light changes were also present.’
    • ‘If you have observed a pattern when offering ‘individualized’ advice, it may be possible to employ a stepwise approach.’
    • ‘The capacity compensation was therefore stepwise increased.’
    • ‘There was no discussion of intermediate stages showing how stepwise modifications in the current pathway could have been reversed back to a more simple stage.’
    • ‘Second order transitions were assessed as a sudden, stepwise increase in specific heat.’
  • 2North American Music
    Moving by adjacent intervals.

    as adjective ‘crackling solos and juicy, stepwise guitar counterpoints’

Pronunciation

stepwise

/ˈstɛpˌwaɪz//ˈstepˌwīz/