from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In the same direction as the rotating hands of a clock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a circular fashion so as to be moving to the right at the top of the circle and to the left at the bottom, in the way that the hands of an analogue/analog clock move.
  • adj. Moving clockwise; having rotary motion in the manner of a clock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. -- of rotatory motion.
  • in the same direction as the hands of a clock rotate, as viewed from in front of the clock face; -- said of that direction of a rotation about an axis, or about a point in a plane, which is ordinarily reckoned negative. Also said of the direction of a spiral, in which case the term right-handed is more common. Opposite of counterclockwise, and left-handed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the direction of rotation of the hands of a clock: as, the direction of the Amperian currents in the south pole of a magnet is clockwise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in the direction that the hands of a clock move
  • adj. in the same direction as the rotating hands of a clock


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

clock +‎ -wise


  • Rub it in clockwise, just a little tiny dab, about the size of the tip of your pencil eraser.

    Excerpt: Good Faith by Jane Smiley

  • Mary Patterson expresses concern [IX, 2] that digital timepieces could result in the loss of the terms clockwise and anticlockwise (counterclockwise in the States).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3

  • According to the Times, the artworks are, clockwise from the top center: Rauschenberg's wavy line; Novros 'black square bisected by thin white lines [in 1969, Novros also created the incredibly rich, minimalist fresco on the second floor of Judd's 101 Spring St]; a computer-generated drawing by Myers; a geometric mouse by Oldenburg, "the subject of a sculpture in his current show at the Museum of Modern Art" [a sculpture which is in MoMA's permanent collection, btw]; and a template pattern by Chamberlain, "similar to one he used to produce paintings done with automobile lacquer."

    Boing Boing

  • Coast and Geodetic Survey triangulation station "Salt Lake" is 292° 12'25 ", 9393.00 feet, and running as follows, all azimuths being measured clockwise from the true south:


  • Do the opposite, obviously if you are seeing the dancer spin clockwise. —

    Right Versus Left Brain: What Does the Spinning Dancer Teach Us? - Freakonomics Blog -

  • Hey not so fast Steve…that bit of cloudiness over florida has some movement to it that somebody could call a clockwise rotation.

    Atlantic Hurricane Track Versions « Climate Audit

  • A sheer cliff cannot be scaled -- until you spin the world 90 degrees clockwise, that is, creating a nice flat plain to stroll across. - HOME PAGE

  • You can see the pattern in which it's swirling, kind of clockwise that way.

    CNN Transcript Sep 6, 2008

  • A Colt revolver’s cylinder steps around clockwise, which is different from a Smith & Wesson, which rotates counterclockwise.


  • The choice of "clockwise" or "anti-clockwise" rotation is important - some automatics will not wind but one direction. Gold Box Deals


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