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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
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Examples from the web for clockwise
  • The concept of handedness-of left and right, say, or of clockwise and anti-clockwise-is deceptively simple.
  • Upon returning to the chair she spin one revolution counter-clockwise.
  • As you move away from the image, they appear to rotate clockwise.
  • It was not swimming endlessly with the school in a clockwise gyre.
  • Also note how the moon appears to rotate counter-clockwise.
  • It appears to be a cold core eddy, as they rotate counter-clockwise.
  • According to lore, people can fulfill a dream if they touch the foot of the statue after going around it three times clockwise.
  • In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction.
  • Counter-clockwise is considered the positive direction.
  • Turn the valve on the torch clockwise to turn off the gas before putting down the welding or cutting torch.
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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