Definition of Counter

1. Adverb. In the opposite direction. "Run counter"

2. Adjective. Indicating opposition or resistance.

Exact synonyms: Antagonistic
Similar to: Negative
Derivative terms: Antagonism, Antagonist

3. Verb. Speak in response. "They counter that there was a traffic accident "; "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
Generic synonyms: Answer, Reply, Respond

4. Noun. Table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted.
Specialized synonyms: Bar, Checkout, Checkout Counter, Meat Counter, Notions Counter, Reception Desk
Terms within: Countertop
Generic synonyms: Table

5. Verb. Act in advance of; deal with ahead of time.
Exact synonyms: Anticipate, Foresee, Forestall
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Anticipator, Anticipatory, Forestalling

6. Noun. Game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games.
Specialized synonyms: Chip, Poker Chip
Generic synonyms: Game Equipment
Derivative terms: Count

7. Noun. A calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens.
Exact synonyms: Tabulator
Generic synonyms: Calculating Machine, Calculator
Specialized synonyms: Pulse Counter
Derivative terms: Count

8. Noun. A piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers.
Exact synonyms: Buffet, Sideboard
Specialized synonyms: Credence, Credenza, Cellaret, Minibar
Group relationships: Dining Room, Dining-room
Terms within: Drawer, Shelf
Generic synonyms: Article Of Furniture, Furniture, Piece Of Furniture

9. Noun. A person who counts things.
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Count

10. Noun. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one). "It brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
Exact synonyms: Comeback, Rejoinder, Replication, Retort, Return, Riposte
Specialized synonyms: Back Talk, Backtalk, Lip, Mouth, Sass, Sassing
Generic synonyms: Reply, Response
Derivative terms: Come Back, Retort, Return, Return, Riposte

11. Noun. (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers).
Generic synonyms: Register
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Derivative terms: Count

12. Noun. A piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot. "A counter may be used to stiffen the material around the heel and to give support to the foot"
Exact synonyms: Heel Counter
Group relationships: Boot, Shoe
Generic synonyms: Piece Of Leather

13. Noun. A return punch (especially by a boxer).
Exact synonyms: Counterpunch, Parry
Generic synonyms: Biff, Clout, Lick, Poke, Punch, Slug
Derivative terms: Parry

Definition of Counter

1. adv. A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See Counter, adv. & a.

2. n. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner.

3. n. A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a long, narrow table or bench, on which goods are laid for examination by purchasers, or on which they are weighed or measured.

4. adv. Contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; -- used chiefly with run or go.

5. a. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue.

6. n. The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, -- below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.

7. n. An encounter.

8. v. i. To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.

Definition of Counter

1. Noun. An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc. ¹

2. Noun. (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones. ¹

3. Noun. 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. ¹

4. Noun. One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner. ¹

5. Noun. A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations. ¹

6. Noun. (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter. ¹

7. Noun. (context: 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. ¹

8. Noun. In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place. ¹

9. Noun. (wrestling) A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent. ¹

10. Noun. Something in contradiction or opposition to a proposal, suggestion, policy, etc. ¹

11. Noun. (computing programming) A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count. ¹

12. Noun. (computing Internet) A hit counter. ¹

13. Adverb. Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction. ¹

14. Noun. (nautical) The overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline. ¹

15. Noun. (by extension) The piece of a shoe or a boot around the heel of the foot (''above'' the heel of the shoe/boot). ¹

16. Verb. To contradict, oppose. ¹

17. Verb. (context: boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing. ¹

18. Verb. To take action in response to; to respond. ¹

19. Adjective. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic. ¹

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Definition of Counter

1. to oppose [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: oppose

Lexicographical Neighbors of Counter

countably infinite
counted angels on pinheads
counted coup
counter (current term)

Literary usage of Counter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1894)
"counter-IRRITANT EFFECTS OF THE USUAL MASTOID OPERATION. DR. ALBERT H. BUCK, of New York, maintains that in certain cases the good effects of the operation ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The interests of the counter-reformation in Germany were probably better served ... At the close of Maximilian's reign the counter-reformation was ready for ..."

3. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1894)
"X 3t inches (C) containing a Veeder counter, magnet, and a five-cell Eveready battery. The board is hinged to the box and can be folded up and hooked (at ..."

4. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"The interests of the counter-reformation in Germany were probably better served ... At the close of Maximilian's reign the counter-reformation was ready for ..."

5. Principles of the English Law of Contract and of Agency in Its Relation to by William Reynell Anson (1906)
"The alleged acceptance (1) may be a refusal and counter-offer, or a mere statement of fact relating to the proposed transaction: (2) may be an acceptance ..."

6. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1902)
"So long as the private interest of the seller runs counter to the interest of the State, so long will the effort of the State to restrict and control the ..."

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