coun·ter·clock·wise | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkläk-ˌwīz \

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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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 Do 25 reps, then repeat counterclockwise for the same amount. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "5 Moves for Better Grip Strength," 3 May 2018 They're used to keep nuts and bolts that rotate counterclockwise from working themselves off. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things My Father Taught Me," 17 June 2016 But the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (and, in fact, nearly all American horse races) run counterclockwise. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Kings honor players' Kentucky roots with Derby day cartoon. There's just one problem | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 Zoli and Brunet walked clockwise inside the queue as passengers were funneled counterclockwise along the outside of the queue. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando International Airport tops for bomb dogs," 13 Apr. 2018 To put this into perspective, that's three times the pressure of most car tires. 4. Untwist the cage counterclockwise, putting pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Open a Bottle of Champagne the Right Way," 8 Nov. 2017 Low pressure to the west will give the south winds a boost; winds blow counterclockwise around low centers. Anthony R. Wood,, "Winter finally relenting; get ready for the 80s," 10 Apr. 2018 Next, quickly pass the weight around your body five times clockwise and then five times counterclockwise. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "Don't Forget to Strengthen Your Feet," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of counterclockwise

1888, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of counterclockwise

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


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coun·ter·clock·wise | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkläk-ˌwīz \

Kids Definition of counterclockwise

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

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