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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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Examples from the web for counterclockwise
  • Mom was the real handyman in our household, because she knew the difference between clockwise and counterclockwise.
  • When faced with the rare snail whose shell formation is counterclockwise, many snakes failed to feed or dropped their prey.
  • With my back to the right wall of the chamber, turning my head to the left makes the interior twist counterclockwise.
  • With my back to the left wall, a right turn tips it counterclockwise, while a left turn tips it clockwise.
  • He can then walk counterclockwise around the coastline.
  • But their counterclockwise rotation produces southward winds on their leading edge.
  • We went counterclockwise, and were unterrified and happy with the pace of the scenery in our direction.
  • The contrary happens with a counterclockwise turning.
  • The spot rotates counterclockwise once every seven days.
  • As a result, the diffraction pattern is slightly rotated, either clockwise or counterclockwise depending on the original light.
British Dictionary definitions for counterclockwise

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 counterclockwise
adj., adv.

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

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