Pronunciation: /ˈklɒkˌwaɪz/ Explain

Clock with arrow pointing clockwise.
Figure 1: Clockwise

The term clockwise refers to a rotation in the same direction as analog clock hands turn. Counterclockwise is the opposite direction of an analog clock. In British English, anticlockwise means the same thing as counterclockwise.

Clock with arrow pointing counterclockwise.
Figure 2: Counterclockwise

Click on the blue points and drag them to change the figure.

In British English, counterclockwise is called anticlockwise.
Manipulative 1 - Clockwise/Counterclockwise Created with GeoGebra.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, clockwise. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 34. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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