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counterclockwise

[koun-ter-klok-wahyz] /ˌkaʊn tərˈklɒkˌwaɪz/
adjective, adverb
1.
in a direction opposite to that of the normal rotation of the hands of a clock; not clockwise.
Also, contraclockwise; especially British, anticlockwise.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; counter- + clockwise
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British Dictionary definitions for counter clockwise

counterclockwise

/ˌkaʊntəˈklɒkˌwaɪz/
adverb, adjective
1.
(US & Canadian) in the opposite direction to the rotation of the hands of a clock Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) anticlockwise
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Word Origin and History for counter clockwise

counterclockwise

adj., adv.

1870, also counter-clockwise; from counter- + clockwise.

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