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

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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, "Persistent Cloudless Skies Helped Fuel Exceptional Greenland Ice Melt," 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, "A View to a Krill," 27 Apr. 2020 The most common design requires a clockwise-turn and pull of the circular filter. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "I was looking for distraction from COVID-19, and I found a lot of dirty things in my house," 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, "New York priest drops holy water on city from plane 'to tell the people they are not alone'," 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, "A View to a Krill," 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, "Wait a Second, That Table Has No Legs!," 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, "World's oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought," 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, "Stone Age String Strengthens Case for Neandertal Smarts," 9 Apr. 2020

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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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

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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