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From Middle English -wis, from Old English -wīs (-wise), related to wīs, wīse (manner, way, fashion). More at wise (way, manner).




  1. in the direction or orientation of
    The gaoler slowly turned the key clockwise.
  2. in the manner of
  3. 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.
  4. One (thing) at a time
    Add the reagent dropwise to the solution.

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From wīse (manner, way, condition, direction).



-wīse f

  1. (noun suffix) state of, manner of, condition; direction
    rihtwīse "righteousness, justice", from riht "just, right"
    cnihtwīse "boyishness", from cniht "boy, youth"
    cynewīse "commonwealth, state", from cyne "public, nation, kindred"
    lēoþwīse "poetry, verse", from lēoþ "song, tune, poem"
    bēagwīse "sphere, circular form", from bēag "ring, hoop, circle"
  2. (noun suffix) the custom or fashion of
    mynsterwīse "monastic custom", from mynster "minister"
    fierdwīse, fyrdwīse "military style", from fierd, fyrd "militia"
  3. (adverbial suffix) in the manner or fashion of; in the direction of
    hysewīse "like a young man", from hyse "son, youth"