counterclockwise

[koun-ter-klok-wahyz]
adjective, adverb
in a direction opposite to that of the normal rotation of the hands of a clock; not clockwise.
Also, contraclockwise; especially British, anticlockwise.


Origin:
1885–90; counter- + clockwise

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counterclockwise or contraclockwise (ˌkaʊntəˈklɒkˌwaɪz)
 
adv, —adj
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): anticlockwise in the opposite direction to the rotation of the hands of a clock
 
contraclockwise or contraclockwise
 
adv, —adj

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counterclockwise
1870, also counter-clockwise; from counter- + clockwise (see clock).
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Example sentences
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.
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