- in the direction or orientation of
- The gaoler slowly turned the key clockwise.
- in the manner of
- in the matter of; with regard to
- This morning looks promising, weather-wise.
- 1919, Saki, ‘The Penance’, The Toys of Peace, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 423:
- They had parents in India—that much Octavian had learned in the neighbourhood; the children, beyond grouping themselves garment-wise into sexes, a girl and two boys, carried their life-story no further on his behoof.
- The suffix -wise is particularly productive in Indian English. See for example classwise, datewise, subjectwise.
in the manner of
in the matter of
From wīse (“manner, way, condition, direction”).
- (noun suffix) state of, manner of, condition; direction
- (noun suffix) the custom or fashion of
- (adverbial suffix) in the manner or fashion of; in the direction of