counterclockwise

adverb
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 The police car spun counterclockwise and struck the two officers. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Woman arrested after crashing into Dallas police car, injuring two officers while driving under the influence, police say," 14 May 2020 Skating trails — alternatives to circling an ice oval and perfecting counterclockwise turns — can be found across Canada. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Where Trails Are for Skating, Not Hiking," 13 Jan. 2020 The 11-inch plastic stand rotates clockwise and counterclockwise for right-handed and left-handed decorators. Kathy Passero, al, "13 of the best tools for baking, from banana bread to cookies," 14 May 2020 Since April 11, walkers and joggers have been required to travel counterclockwise on the 2.2-mile loop trail around the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "What’s open and closed this busy weekend: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California," 8 May 2020 So now, with only two other forces, the only way for their torques to offset is for one to pull clockwise and the other to pull counterclockwise. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Wait a Second, That Table Has No Legs!," 25 Apr. 2020 Since April 11, walkers and joggers have been required to travel counterclockwise on the 2.2-mile loop trail around the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "What’s open and closed this weekend: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California," 23 Apr. 2020 The study found that three groups of fibers were separated and twisted clockwise like an S and once twisted, the strands were twined counterclockwise to form a cord. Katie Hunt, CNN, "World's oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought," 9 Apr. 2020 With small, rapid jumps, hop counterclockwise through the quadrants for 30 seconds. Kim Cross, Outside Online, "Get Better at Mountain Biking from Your Living Room," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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“Counterclockwise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterclockwise. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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counterclockwise

adverb
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English Language Learners Definition of counterclockwise

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

counterclockwise

adverb or adjective
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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