coun·​ter·​clock·​wise ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkläk-ˌwīz How to pronounce counterclockwise (audio)
: in a direction opposite to that in which the hands of a clock rotate as viewed from in front
counterclockwise adjective

Examples of counterclockwise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young and Donahoe suggested ensuring your ceiling fans run counterclockwise to create a cooling breeze. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2024 When brushing, go with the grain of the felt, working counterclockwise on top and clockwise on the bottom. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 June 2024 Your ceiling fan direction for summer should be counterclockwise, creating a downdraft that redistributes cool air around the room. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 June 2024 Rotate slightly for a slower, more precise task, turn farther to amp up the speed, or tilt the tool counterclockwise to reverse the driver. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for counterclockwise 

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterclockwise was in 1888

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“Counterclockwise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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coun·​ter·​clock·​wise ˌkau̇nt-ər-ˈkläk-ˌwīz How to pronounce counterclockwise (audio)
: in a direction opposite to that in which the hands of a clock rotate
counterclockwise adjective
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