[ koun-ter-klok-wahyz ]
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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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Origin of counterclockwise

First recorded in 1885–90; counter- + clockwise

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British Dictionary definitions for counterclockwise



/ (ˌkaʊntəˈklɒkˌwaɪz) /

adverb, adjective
  1. US and Canadian in the opposite direction to the rotation of the hands of a clock: Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): anticlockwise

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