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 The People Mover will run clockwise Feb. 22-23 due to the Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day Convention at the TCF Center. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit People Mover to run counter-clockwise for first time in 12 years," 1 Feb. 2020 The stage itself was lifted and attached to some kind of machine that rotated it clockwise as Billie performed. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here’s How Billie Eilish Walked on the Ceiling During Her "SNL" Performance," 30 Sep. 2019 The bus spun clockwise, ran off the right side of the road, rolled, and came to rest on its top, facing south, officers said. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Passengers injured in Huerfano County charter bus crash," 28 Nov. 2019 The Lincoln was then struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe after rotating clockwise. Jess Nocera,, "Police investigating fatal crash caused by fallen tree on I-70 in Howard County," 1 Nov. 2019 Another component to the arena's layout: The flow will move clockwise - a more natural way and the industry standard, officials said. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Crowd flow expected to improve in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse," 27 Sep. 2019 Her version orders canvases washed with the primary color transitioning from red to purple counter-clockwise around the viewing space. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Artist Pat Steir Turns the Hirshhorn Into a Massive Color Wheel," 20 Nov. 2019 Forecasters say that dry desert winds will spin clockwise into the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties late Wednesday night, possibly gusting to 50 to 60 mph in some areas, then spread through the Inland Empire and Orange County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Potentially dangerous Santa Ana winds expected to hit Southern California this week," 7 Oct. 2019 The racetrack itself would be tilted clockwise by about 30 degrees. Pamela Wood,, "Preakness plan highlights: Key elements of agreement to keep race in Baltimore," 5 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Feb 2020

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“Clockwise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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