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counterclockwise

[ koun-ter-klok-wahyz ]
/ ˌkaʊn tərˈklɒkˌwaɪz /
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adjective, adverb

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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British Dictionary definitions for counterclockwise

counterclockwise

contraclockwise

/ (ˌkaʊntəˈklɒkˌwaɪz) /

adverb, adjective

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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