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    Default Words ending in -wise

    I've come across with some word with this ending and I do not exactly what they mean. For example, pairwise or stepwise
    Does this -wise ending have an special meaning ?

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    Default Re: Words ending in -wise

    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    I've come across with some word with this ending and I do not exactly what they mean. For example, pairwise or stepwise
    Does this -wise ending have an special meaning ?
    The suffix -wise has several meanings. It is added to a variety of words to make a new word.

    Main Entry:-wise
    Pronunciation:*w*z
    Function:adverb combining form
    Etymology:Middle English, from Old English -w*san, from w*se manner * more at 1WISE

    1 a : in the manner of *crabwise* *fanwise* b : in the position or direction of *endwise* *slantwise* *clockwise*
    2 : with regard to : in respect of *stylewise*

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