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[klok-wahyz] /ˈklɒkˌwaɪz/
in the direction of the rotation of the hands of a clock as viewed from the front or above; circularly to the right from a point taken as the top.
directed clockwise:
a clockwise movement.
Origin of clockwise
1885-90; clock1 + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for clockwise
Historical Examples
  • The northernmost marginal locality is listed first and the rest follow in clockwise order.

  • To propel the cycle the chain-ring is turned in a clockwise direction.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The armature is revolving in a clockwise direction, and y z, therefore, is moving downwards.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • They were a vast historical panorama, clockwise around the room.

    Omnilingual H. Beam Piper
  • This will cause a rotation up on the left side and down on the right, or in a clockwise direction.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • In fastening wire around a terminal post it should go around in a (clockwise) (counter-clockwise) direction.

  • I have shown that the torsion, clockwise or anti-clockwise, is determined by the direction of incident stimulus.

  • Loop the bare part of the wire around the screw in the direction the screw is turned to tighten (clockwise direction).

  • Turn the station selector knob to the right (clockwise) until it stops—then turn the knob counter-clockwise until it stops.

  • clockwise rotation of the knob increases the volume, counterclockwise rotation diminishes the volume.

British Dictionary definitions for clockwise


adverb, adjective
in the direction that the hands of a clock rotate; from top to bottom towards the right when seen from the front
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Word Origin and History for clockwise

also clock-wise, "in the direction of the hands of a clock," 1879, from clock (n.1) + wise (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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