- The definition of counter is someone or something the opposite of another.
An example of counter used as an adjective is the phrase counter offer which is a buyer responding to an offer on a house with a offer of a larger amount.
- A counter is defined as a person or thing that counts or keeps score, or a long flat work space.
- An example of a counter is an abacus.
- An example of a counter is a large granite surface in a kitchen.
counter definition by Webster's New World
- a person or thing that counts; computer
- any of various complex devices for detecting and counting ionizing particles, including Geiger and scintillation counters
- an indicator on a machine, for keeping count of turns, strokes, etc. of the machine or its parts
- a small object used in some games, as for keeping score
- an imitation coin or token
- a long table, board, cabinet top, etc., as in a store, lunchroom, or kitchen, for the display and sale of goods, the serving or preparing of food, etc.
Origin: Middle English countour: in senses 1 and amp; 2 ; from Old French conteor ; from Classical Latin computator ; from computare; in senses 3, 4, 5 ; from Old French contouer, counting room, table of a bank ; from Midieval Latin computatorium ; from Classical Latin computare, compute
Origin: Middle English countre ; from Old French contre ; from Classical Latin contra, against, contra-
- the opposite; contrary
- an opposing or checking force or action
- Obsolete the breast of a horse
- a stiff leather piece around the heel of a shoe or boot
- the curved, overhanging part of the stern of some ships
- a depression between the raised parts of a typeface
- Boxing counterpunch
- Fencing a parry made with a circular motion of the blade in an attempt to divert the opponent's blade from whichever angle it is thrust
- Football a play in which most blockers move in one direction while the running back with the ball moves in the opposite directionin full counter play
- to act, do, move, etc. counter to (a person or thing); oppose or check
- to say or do (something) in reply, defense, or retaliation
- Boxing to strike one's opponent while receiving or parrying (a blow)
- opposite, contrary to: counterclockwise
- in retaliation or return: counterplot
- complementary: counterpart
Origin: Middle English countre- ; from Old French contre- ; from Classical Latin contra-, contra-
counter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One that is an opposite.
- Sports A boxing blow given while receiving or parrying another.
- Sports A fencing parry in which one foil follows the other in a circular fashion.
- A stiff piece of leather around the heel of a shoe.
- Nautical The portion of a ship's stern extending from the water line to the extreme outward swell.
- Printing The depression between the raised lines of the face on a piece of type.
- To meet or return (a blow) by another blow.
- To move or act in opposition to; oppose.
- To offer in response: countered that she was too busy to be thorough.
- In a contrary manner or direction.
- To or toward an opposite or dissimilar course or outcome: a method running counter to traditional techniques.
Origin: Middle English countre, from Old French contre, from Latin contrā; see counter-.
- A flat surface on which money is counted, business is transacted, or food is prepared or served.
- Games A piece, as of wood or ivory, used for keeping a count or a place.
- a. An imitation coin; a token.b. A piece of money.
Origin: Middle English countour, from Anglo-Norman counteour, from Medieval Latin computātōrium, countinghouse, from Latin computāre, to calculate; see count1.
- Contrary; opposite; opposing: counterclaim.
- Corresponding; complementary: counterfoil.
Origin: Middle English countre-, from Old French contre-, from Latin contrā; see kom in Indo-European roots.
counter - Computer Definition
(1) In programming, a variable that is used to keep track of anything that must be counted. The programming language determines the number of counters (variables) that are available to a programmer.
(2) In electronics, a circuit that counts pulses and generates an output at a specified time.
counter - Medical Definition
- Contrary; opposite; opposing: countertransport.
- Corresponding; complementary: counterincision.
counter - Phrases/Idioms
over the counter
- in direct trading between buyers and sellers: said of sales of stock not conducted through a stock exchange
- without a prescription a drug that can be purchased over the counter
under the counter
over the counter
- Without being listed or available on an officially recognized stock exchange but traded in direct negotiation between buyers and sellers: bought stocks over the counter.
- Without a doctor's prescription being legally required: cold medicine that is available over the counter.
under the counter