Clockwise and Counterclockwise


Clockwise means moving in the direction of the hands on a clock.

clockwise vs counterclockwise

Try it yourself:

Faucets (taps) get closed, and most screws and bolts get tightened by turning clockwise.

clockwise closed

Counterclockwise / Anticlockwise

The opposite direction is called counterclockwise in the US (or anticlockwise in the UK).

Angles from a line are measured counterclockwise (and a negative angle goes clockwise):

positive negative angle


Such long words deserve to be shortened.

So clockwise can be shortened to CW.

And counterclockwise to CCW (or maybe ACW for anticlockwise).