Definition of stepwise in English:

stepwise

adverb & adjective

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

    as adverb ‘concentrations of the acid tend to decrease stepwise’
    • ‘If you have observed a pattern when offering ‘individualized’ advice, it may be possible to employ a stepwise approach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, there will be a demonstration of stepwise production of tea, coffee and how jute reaches the finishing stage.’
    • ‘A major unanswered question is how the stepwise rotation is coupled to distinct chemical reactions in the three sites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We may assume that decreasing this dose stepwise after exposure to high altitude further decreases the risk of adverse effects from weaning.’
    • ‘We used micropipette manipulation for forming and subsequently breaking the adhesive contact through a stepwise micromechanical procedure.’
    • ‘For the present 2002-2003 school year, stepwise or staggered increases will average out to about 1 percent.’
    • ‘Dietary change is achieved by a series of small stepwise changes rather than a major disruption.’
    • ‘Second order transitions were assessed as a sudden, stepwise increase in specific heat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, we demonstrate that this procedure is useful as a detection method for the stepwise purification of the enzyme to homogeneity.’
    • ‘Overall production time is decreased to two days by stepwise optimization of the processing chain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The capacity compensation was therefore stepwise increased.’
    • ‘This procedure of stepwise construct loading was continued until a failure of fixation was detected.’
    • ‘In the guidelines we follow a stepwise approach.’
    • ‘In light/dark conditions, the short-term growth rate oscillations after stepwise light changes were also present.’
    • ‘Treatment should begin early, involve the family, and institute permanent changes in a stepwise manner.’
  • 2Music
    (of melodic motion) moving by adjacent scale steps rather than leaps.

    ‘crackling solos and juicy, stepwise guitar counterpoints’

Pronunciation

stepwise

/ˈstɛpˌwaɪz//ˈstepˌwīz/