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adjective, adverb
  1. in a direction opposite to that of the normal rotation of the hands of a clock; not clockwise.
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Also contraclockwise; especially British, anticlockwise.

Origin of counterclockwise

First recorded in 1885–90; counter- + clockwise
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Related Words for counterclockwise

revolving, clockwise, counterclockwise

Examples from the Web for counterclockwise

Historical Examples of counterclockwise

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

    Zenith Television Receiver Operating Manual

    Zenith Radio Corporation

British Dictionary definitions for counterclockwise



adverb, adjective
  1. US and Canadian in the opposite direction to the rotation of the hands of a clockAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): anticlockwise
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Word Origin and History for counterclockwise

adj., adv.

1870, also counter-clockwise; from counter- + clockwise.

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