clockwise

adverb
clock·wise | \ˈkläk-ˌwīz \

Definition of clockwise 

: in the direction in which the hands of a clock rotate as viewed from in front or as if standing on a clock face

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from clockwise

clockwise adjective

Examples of clockwise in a Sentence

Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it.

Recent Examples on the Web

More than two dozen sat in a circle for their Monday morning meeting, passing a bullhorn clockwise and discussing ways of securing food, water, and first aid, as well as plans for de-escalation, self-defense, and first aid training. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 The racecourse, on Providence Road, is about a mile around, and the horses run clockwise for two or three laps depending on the race. Corey Sharp, Philly.com, "Soggy Radnor Hunt Races see wins by Surprising Soul and Hoppala," 19 May 2018 This week's favorite links: Photos (clockwise, from left to right): Greige, Jenny Andrews Anderson on Etsy, UnitedThread on Etsy, and Serena & Lily. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week:Artwork Gift Ideas, Fabulous Christmas Trees, and More," 10 Dec. 2013 The action moves clockwise around the table, and two players are committed to the blinds every hand. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Five unwritten rules to keep the flow going," 7 May 2018 Now, go clockwise around the building to the very far end of the long brick wall in the back. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Las Americas: Destination dining in the back of the store in Bedford Heights," 30 Mar. 2018 Offer the host a taste first, and then serve the table, going clockwise to each person. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "An Etiquette Guide to Champagne and Oysters," 28 July 2017 Eating dinner in the stairwell, clockwise from top left: Hector Salguero, a night porter and dishwasher; Joel Puntiel-Polanco, a bartender; and Nelson Matias, a runner. James Estrin, New York Times, "Discovering the Art of Craft," 19 June 2018 The new source region is encircled by currents running clockwise from South America to Africa and back again. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'clockwise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of clockwise

1882, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about clockwise

Statistics for clockwise

Last Updated

6 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for clockwise

The first known use of clockwise was in 1882

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for clockwise

clockwise

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of clockwise

: in the direction that the hands of a clock move when you look at it from the front

clock·wise | \ˈkläk-ˌwīz \

Kids Definition of clockwise

: in the direction in which the hands of a clock turn

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on clockwise

What made you want to look up clockwise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!