- 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.
- 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 of counterMiddle 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 Medieval Latin computatorium ; from Classical Latin computare, compute
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
Origin of counterMiddle English countre ; from Old French contre ; from Classical Latin contra, against, contra-
- the opposite; contrary
- an opposing or checking force or action
- Obs. 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
- competing, contending: counterbid
Origin of counter-Middle English countre- ; from Old French contre- ; from Classical Latin contra-, contra-
- Contrary; opposite; opposing: counterclaim.
- Corresponding; complementary: counterfoil.
Origin of counter-Middle English countre-, from Old French contre-, from Latin contrā; see kom in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
verbcoun·tered, coun·ter·ing, coun·ters
- 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 of counterMiddle 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 of counterMiddle English countour, from Anglo-Norman counteour, from Medieval Latin computātōrium, countinghouse, from Latin computāre, to calculate; see count1.
- An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
- (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
- A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
- One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
- A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
- (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
- (grammar) A class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
- In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
- (wrestling) A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent.
- (computing, programming) A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count.
- (computing, Internet) A hit counter.
- Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.
(third-person singular simple present counters, present participle countering, simple past and past participle countered)
- In opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.
- In the wrong way; contrary to the right course.
- a hound that runs counter
- At or against the front or face.
- (nautical) The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
- (music) Alternative form of contra. Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to countertenor.
- The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
- The back leather or heel part of a boot.
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.