from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by a gradual progression as if step by step: "Quantum mechanics is a natural system of stepwise interactions that governs very small things” ( Malcom W. Browne).
- adj. Music Moving from one tone to an adjacent one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. One (small) step or stage at a time; gradual; piecemeal
- adv. One step or stage at a time; step by step
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. proceeding in steps
- adj. one thing at a time
From step + -wise. (Wiktionary)