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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
- -ƿīse – wynn spelling
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