coun·​ter·​clock·​wise | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkläk-ˌwīz How to pronounce counterclockwise (audio) \

Definition of counterclockwise

: in a direction opposite to that in which the hands of a clock rotate as viewed from in front

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counterclockwise adjective

Examples of counterclockwise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Storms that form north of the Equator spin counterclockwise, while those that form south of the Equator spin clockwise, according to NASA. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Typhoons, Cyclones, and Hurricanes: Naming the World's Most Powerful Storms," 2 Dec. 2019 For example, at a particular moment, a particle might have a 50 percent chance of spinning clockwise and a 50 percent chance of spinning counterclockwise. Quanta Magazine, "Time’s Arrow Traced to Quantum Source," 16 Apr. 2014 West of Oregon, she got caught in a powerful eddy — a circular current moving counterclockwise — that sucked her boat northward. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Oakland’s sheds-for-homeless program — how effective is it?," 30 Sep. 2019 Cyclonic rotation is counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Los Angeles Times, "Could a hurricane lash Los Angeles? 80 years ago, this deadly storm came close," 22 Aug. 2019 Turning a needle clockwise or counterclockwise can produce different effects. Deborah Storey | For, al, "Alabama vet specializes in acupuncture for pets," 11 Sep. 2019 But this time there was a different secondary task: identifying if a visual pattern was rotating clockwise or counterclockwise, either immediately or after the next change of rotation. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Your eyes are the key to distracted driving, not your brain," 1 July 2019 The tension between this motion and the pull of the low-pressure system at the center of a storm creates a vortex that spins counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa in the Southern. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "Hurricanes: How These Destructive Storms Form, and Why They Get So Strong," 26 June 2019 The circuit can be completed in either direction, with riders equally split as to whether clockwise or counterclockwise is best. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of counterclockwise

1888, in the meaning defined above

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24 Dec 2019

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“Counterclockwise.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of counterclockwise

US : in the direction opposite to movement of a clock's hands


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: in a direction opposite to that in which the hands of a clock move

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