Counter meaning

kountər
A fencing parry in which one foil follows the other in a circular fashion.
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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.

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A boxing blow given while receiving or parrying another.
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One that is an opposite.
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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.

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To meet or return (a blow) by another blow.
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Corresponding; complementary.

Counterfoil.

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To move or act in opposition to; oppose.
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To offer in response.

Countered that she was too busy to be thorough.

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In a contrary manner or direction.
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To or toward an opposite or dissimilar course or outcome.

A method running counter to traditional techniques.

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A flat surface on which money is counted, business is transacted, or food is prepared or served.
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A piece, as of wood or ivory, used for keeping a count or a place.
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One that counts, especially an electronic or mechanical device that automatically counts occurrences or repetitions of phenomena or events.
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Contrary; opposite; opposing.

Counterclaim.

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An indicator on a machine, for keeping count of turns, strokes, etc. of the machine or its parts.
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A small object used in some games, as for keeping score.
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An imitation coin or token.
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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.
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In a contrary direction, manner, etc.; in opposition; opposite.
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That acts in opposition, tends in an opposite direction, or is opposite or contrary; opposed or opposing.
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A stiff piece of leather around the heel of a shoe.
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The portion of a ship's stern extending from the water line to the extreme outward swell.
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The depression between the raised lines of the face on a piece of type.
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To move, act, or respond so as to be in opposition.
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The opposite; contrary.
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An opposing or checking force or action.
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The breast of a horse.
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A stiff leather piece around the heel of a shoe or boot.
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The curved, overhanging part of the stern of some ships.
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A depression between the raised parts of a typeface.
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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.
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A play in which most blockers move in one direction while the running back with the ball moves in the opposite direction.
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To act, do, move, etc. counter to (a person or thing); oppose or check.
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To strike one's opponent while receiving or parrying (a blow)
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Opposite, contrary to.

Counterclockwise.

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In retaliation or return.

Counterplot.

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Complementary.

Counterpart.

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Competing, contending.

Counterbid.

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(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.
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An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
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(curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
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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.
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One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
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A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
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(historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
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(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.
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In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
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(computing, Internet) A hit counter.
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Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.
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(nautical) The overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline.
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(by extension) The piece of a shoe or a boot around the heel of the foot (above the heel of the shoe/boot).
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(boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
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To take action in response to; to respond.
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His carrying a knife was counter to my plan.

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In opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.
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In the wrong way; contrary to the right course.

A hound that runs counter.

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At or against the front or face.
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(nautical) The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
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(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.
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The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
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The back leather or heel part of a boot.
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Contrary; opposing.

Moves and counter moves on the checkerboard.

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To say or do (something) in reply, defense, or retaliation.
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(wrestling) A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent.
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(computing, programming) A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count.
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over the counter
  • Without being listed or available on an officially recognized stock exchange but in trade by 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.
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under the counter
  • In an illegal or surreptitious manner; illicitly:.
    Arrested for selling prescription drugs under the counter.
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over the counter
  • In direct trading between buyers and sellers.
  • Without a prescription.
    A drug that can be purchased over the counter.
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under the counter
  • In a surreptitious manner.
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Origin of counter

  • ME countre- < OFr contre- < L contra-, contra-

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English countour from Anglo-Norman counteour from Medieval Latin computātōrium countinghouse from Latin computāre to calculate count1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English countre- from Old French contre- from Latin contrā kom in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English countre from Old French contre from Latin contrā counter–

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman countour, from Old French conteor (French comptoir), from Medieval Latin computatorium, from Latin computare.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French contre, Anglo-Norman cuntre, both from Latin contra.

    From Wiktionary

  • From counter-.

    From Wiktionary