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Definitions of counter

  1. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
  2. a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
  3. table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
  4. a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens
  5. a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe
  6. game equipment used in various card or board games
  7. the piece of leather that fits the heel
  8. in the opposite direction; " run counter"
  9. speak in response; " He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
  10. a return punch ( especially by a boxer)
  11. a person who counts things
  12. A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See Counter, adv. & amp; a.
  13. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner.
  14. A piece of metal, ivory, wood, or bone, used in reckoning, in keeping account of games, etc.
  15. Money; coin; -- used in contempt.
  16. A prison; either of two prisons formerly in London.
  17. A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  18. 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.
  19. Contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; -- used chiefly with run or go.
  20. In the wrong way; contrary to the right course; as, a hound that runs counter.
  21. At or against the front or face.
  22. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue.
  23. The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, -- below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
  24. Same as Contra. Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to counter tenor.
  25. The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
  26. The back leather or heel part of a boot.
  27. An encounter.
  28. To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
  29. One who, or that which, reckons or serves to keep an account; a shop table; as, the counter in a store; a blow given in trying to ward off a blow; the leather that strengthens the heel of a shoe.
  30. In boxing, to give a return blow while trying to escape a blow.
  31. Contrary; adverse; in an opposite direction; as, to go counter to advice: pr efix, contrary; opposite; as, counter- evidence, evidence opposing other evidence.
  32. He who or that which counts: that which indicates a number: a piece of metal, etc., used in reckoning: a table on which money is counted or goods laid.
  33. Against: in opposition.
  34. Contrary: opposite.
  35. In opposition.
  36. One who counts; piece of metal, & c., used in counting; a shop table.
  37. Contrary; opposing.
  38. One who counts; a counting- machine; a piece of wood, ivory, etc., used in counting.
  39. A table on which to count money or expose goods for sale.
  40. An opposite; a parry; return blow.
  41. The portion of a shoe that surrounds the heel.
  42. Contrary; reversely.
  43. Contrary; opposite; as, counteract, counterpart.
  44. Opposite; contrary; in opposition; contrariwise.
  45. A piece of metal, & c., used as means of reckoning; a table or board on which money is counted or goods laid; one who or that which counts.
  46. An arch or vault whose upper part is terminated by the bottom of the stern; an under part which serves as a contrast to the principal parts; counter- tenor. Counter of a horse, that part which lies between the shoulder and under the neck.
  47. A prefix, expressing opposition.
  48. One of the middle parts between the tenor and the treble; high tenor.
  49. One who; that which is used in reckoning numbers; a table on which money is counted or goods laid; an imitation of a piece of money.
  50. See count, to number.
  51. Contrary; in opposition; the wrong way; another form of prefix contra, opposition or contrariety.
  52. In music, the part immediately below the treble- formerly an under part serving as a contrast to a principal part.

Usage examples for counter

  1. She has certainly run counter to my happiness. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  2. He struck out once across the narrow counter. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  3. Let the counter out the window, called the pilot, and listen. – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  4. The landlord leaned over the counter, and placed a very pale and startled face close to Sir Norman's. – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  5. No; we must send off a counter- report, instantly. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  6. He did not look at the clerk, but kept his eyes fixed on the things within the counter. – Coniston, Book I. by Winston Churchill
  7. I had no counter suggestion to offer. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  8. Leaning on Gombert's arm, Barbara now moved on more cheerfully until they were stopped by the vivandiere's counter. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. There might come at any moment a counter attack by the enemy. – The Irish at the Front by Michael MacDonagh
  10. A counter- suit would ruin my life. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  11. He replied by a counter question. – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  12. As he passed through the shop he said to the woman behind the counter: Here he is safe and sound. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  13. He passed to that end of the counter. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  14. When his hasty meal was finished Gramont paid at the counter and led the way outside. – The Mardi Gras Mystery by H. Bedford-Jones
  15. Coogan nodded and approached the counter. – The Peace of Roaring River by George van Schaick
  16. He has the paper you expect from him, which he will exchange with you for the ten thousand agreed upon; but I must be present, for five thousand of that sum belong to me; and I warn you, my dear monsieur, that the name in the counter- deed is in blank." – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  17. Wilding put the book down on the counter. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
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