clockwise

adverb
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

Other Words from clockwise

clockwise adjective

Examples of clockwise in a Sentence

Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it.
Recent Examples on the Web High-pressure systems are swirling, clockwise-moving patterns of airflow, where the atmospheric pressure tends to be higher than the surrounding atmosphere. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2020 James Cook was the first European explorer to circumnavigate the Southern Ocean, on a ship called the Endeavour, discovering that its main current flowed clockwise continuously around the pole. Lucy Jakub, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 The most common design requires a clockwise-turn and pull of the circular filter. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, 25 Apr. 2020 Daniele's Diamond DA42 twin-engine turbo prop plane lifted off from the Rochester airport headed south, flew counter-clockwise around the community then zig-zagged across the city. Brian Sharp, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2020 James Cook was the first European explorer to circumnavigate the Southern Ocean, on a ship called the Endeavour, discovering that its main current flowed clockwise continuously around the pole. Lucy Jakub, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 So now, with only two other forces, the only way for their torques to offset is for one to pull clockwise and the other to pull counterclockwise. Rhett Allain, Wired, 25 Apr. 2020 The study found that three groups of fibers were separated and twisted clockwise like an S and once twisted, the strands were twined counterclockwise to form a cord. Katie Hunt, CNN, 9 Apr. 2020 The fibers were twisted clockwise to form yarn, and then three lengths of the yarn were twisted in the opposite direction to make string. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 9 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of clockwise

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Clockwise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clockwise. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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clockwise

adverb or adjective
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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