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

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clockwise adjective

Examples of clockwise in a Sentence

Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it.

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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 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,, "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,, "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

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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 \

Kids Definition of clockwise

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

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