clock·​wise | \ ˈkläk-ˌwīz How to pronounce clockwise (audio) \

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

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clockwise adjective

Examples of clockwise in a Sentence

Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it.

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Never create a whirlpool when stirring your tea (either clockwise or counter clockwise). Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "10 Things to Know if You're Invited to Tea at Kensington Palace," 15 Mar. 2019 To attack or use an ability, players must tap the card (turn it 90 degrees clockwise) to indicate its use (unless the card has vigilance). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 After each press of the edge, rotate disc 45 degrees clockwise. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 To lower the action, simply turn each saddle screw clockwise with an Allen wrench. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Light that is rotating counter-clockwise will be slowed just a little bit by axions, while light that is rotating clockwise will be sped up just a little (this is compared to space that is free from axions). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Making light twist into a bowtie may reveal dark matter," 12 Nov. 2018 Keeping shoulders flat, knees together, rotate knees in big circles—clockwise, counterclockwise. Harper's BAZAAR, "Problem Solving Guide for Your Body," 24 Jan. 2014 The hands can rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Making light twist into a bowtie may reveal dark matter," 12 Nov. 2018 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., "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of clockwise

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clockwise was in 1882

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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 How to pronounce clockwise (audio) \

Kids Definition of clockwise

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

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