[ klok-wahyz ]
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  1. in the direction of the rotation of the hands of a clock as viewed from the front or above; circularly to the right from a point taken as the top.

  1. directed clockwise: a clockwise movement.

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Origin of clockwise

First recorded in 1885–90; clock1 + -wise

Words Nearby clockwise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clockwise in a sentence

  • Loop the bare part of the wire around the screw in the direction the screw is turned to tighten (clockwise direction).

  • In fastening wire around a terminal post it should go around in a (clockwise) (counter-clockwise) direction.

  • On withdrawing the magnet, the current reverses, becoming clockwise with its field passing to the left within the coil.

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  • This will cause a rotation up on the left side and down on the right, or in a clockwise direction.

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  • clockwise rotation of the knob increases the volume, counterclockwise rotation diminishes the volume.

British Dictionary definitions for clockwise


/ (ˈklɒkˌwaɪz) /

adverb, adjective
  1. in the direction that the hands of a clock rotate; from top to bottom towards the right when seen from the front

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