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Definition of Counter

Counter

  1. A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See Counter, adv. & a.
  2. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner.
  3. A piece of metal, ivory, wood, or bone, used in reckoning, in keeping account of games, etc.
  4. Money; coin; -- used in contempt.
  5. A prison; either of two prisons formerly in London.
  6. A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  7. 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.
  8. Contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; -- used chiefly with run or go.
  9. In the wrong way; contrary to the right course; as, a hound that runs counter.
  10. At or against the front or face.
  11. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue.
  12. The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, -- below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
  13. 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.
  14. The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
  15. The back leather or heel part of a boot.
  16. An encounter.
  17. To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.

Counter Quotations

A typical Seville shop reaches far along the street front, with many open doors, and a counter running the full length. Here ladies sit in pairs and groups, never singly, to cheapen fans and mantillas, while the smiling salesmen, cigarette in hand, shrug and gesticulate and give back banter for banter as gayly as if it were all a holiday frolic.
Katharine Lee Bates

We live in a culture that's been hijacked by the management consultant ethos. We want everything boiled down to a Power Point slide. We want metrics and 'show me the numbers.' That runs counter to the immensely complex nature of so many social, economic and political problems. You cannot devise an algorithm to fix them.
Carl Honore

I still eat a burger at a counter with ketchup dripping down my face.
Scarlett Johansson

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.
Susan Lieberman

If you watch the news and don't like it, then this is your counter program to the news.
Jon Stewart
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Counter Translations

counter in Italian is numeratore
counter in Spanish is contador, barra, mostrador
counter in Swedish is bardisk
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