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- in the direction or orientation of
- The gaoler slowly turned the key clockwise.
- in the manner of
- You need to follow the instructions carefully; otherwise, the project may not turn out.
- Contrariwise, it could be a good idea.
- 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.
- One (thing) at a time
- Add the reagent dropwise to the solution.
- The suffix -wise is particularly productive in Indian English. See for example classwise, datewise, subjectwise.
in the direction or orientation of
in the manner of
in the matter of, with regard to
From wīse (“manner, way, condition, direction”).
- (noun suffix) state of, manner of, condition; direction
- riht (“just, right”) + -wīse → rihtwīse (“righteousness, justice”)
- cniht (“boy, youth”) + -wīse → cnihtwīse (“boyishness”)
- cyne- (“public, nation, kindred”) + -wīse → cynewīse (“commonweath, state”)
- lēoþ (“song, tune, poem”) + -wīse → lēoþwīse (“poetry, verse”)
- bēag (“ring, hoop, circle”) + -wīse → bēagwīse (“sphere, circular form”)
- (noun suffix) the custom or fashion of
- (adverbial suffix) in the manner or fashion of; in the direction of