Definition of stepwise in English:

stepwise

adjective & adverb

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

    [as adverb] ‘concentrations of the acid tend to decrease stepwise’
  • 2Music
    (of melodic motion) moving by adjacent scale steps rather than leaps.

    ‘crackling solos and juicy, stepwise guitar counterpoints’

Pronunciation:

stepwise

/ˈstepˌwīz/