adverb Etymology: Scottish Gaelic deiseil, from Middle Irish dessel, from Old Irish dess right, south + sel turn; akin to Latin dexter right hand — more at dexter Date: 1771 clockwisecompare widdershins

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  • deasil — (adj.) rightwise, turned toward the right, 1771, from Gael. deiseil (adj. and adv.), from deas right hand, south, cognate with O.Ir. dess, Welsh dehau, and ultimately with L. dexter (see DEXTERITY (Cf. dexterity)). The second element of the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • deasil — /dee zeuhl/, adv. Chiefly Scot. clockwise or in a direction following the apparent course of the sun: considered as lucky or auspicious. Cf. withershins. [1765 75; < ScotGael, Ir deiseal, MIr dessel, equiv. to dess right, south + sel turn, time;… …   Universalium

  • deasil — adverb /ˈdjɛʃəl,ˈdɛsəl/ Clockwise; following the direction of the suns movement in the Northern Hemisphere. Syn: clockwise, right handed Ant: anticlockwise, counter clockwise, left handed …   Wiktionary

  • deasil — adj. turning in the direction of a clock, moving to the right, clockwise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • deasil — dea·sil …   English syllables

  • deasil — dea•sil [[t]ˈdi zəl[/t]] adv. cvb scot. clockwise Compare withershins • Etymology: 1765–75; < ScotGael, Ir deiseal, MIr dessel=dess right, south +sel turn, time …   From formal English to slang

  • deasil — To move in a clockwise direction …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • deasil —   adv. clockwise; towards the right …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • deasil — adv. Sc. in the direction of the sun s apparent course (considered as lucky); clockwise. Etymology: Gael. deiseil …   Useful english dictionary

  • widdershins — also withershins adverb Etymology: Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes, from widersinnen to go against, from wider back against (from Old High German widar) + sinnen to travel, go; akin to Old High German sendan to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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