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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There is one tricky thing to figure out—should the cat move clockwise or counterclockwise? Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Best Way for a Mouse to Escape a Cat, According to Math," 3 June 2019 In four of the 34 participants, when the field rotated counterclockwise, something happened. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Some Humans Can Detect the Earth's Magnetic Field," 19 Mar. 2019 And to raise it, turn the saddle screws counterclockwise. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 In the northern hemisphere, polar vortices center around northeastern Siberia and Baffin Island in Canada, where winds spin counterclockwise around a low-pressure center at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is a Polar Vortex? The Frigid Weather Pattern Explained," 16 Jan. 2019 Birth charts are read counterclockwise with the Ascendant's horizontal line delineating the First House. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Keeping shoulders flat, knees together, rotate knees in big circles—clockwise, counterclockwise. Harper's BAZAAR, "Problem Solving Guide for Your Body," 24 Jan. 2014 Linton theorized the clear water came about because Subtropical Storm Alberto in late May moved counterclockwise up the Mississippi River’s east side, directing the river’s drainage to the east. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston’s blue water was a boon for island business," 6 July 2018 Winds rotate counterclockwise around low pressure, keeping us locked in a moisture-rich easterly flow. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "After 10 inches of rain in D.C., the Potomac is about to hit highest level in 8 years," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of counterclockwise

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterclockwise was in 1888

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

Kids Definition of counterclockwise

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

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