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.
directed clockwise: a clockwise movement.
Origin of clockwise
First recorded in 1885–90; clock1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for clockwise
Historical Examples of clockwise
To propel the cycle the chain-ring is turned in a clockwise direction.
Clockwise walks the inner circle, three abreast, all young men.
They were a vast historical panorama, clockwise around the room.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for clockwise
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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Word Origin and History for clockwise
also clock-wise, "in the direction of the hands of a clock," 1879, from clock (n.1) + wise (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper