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Definition of 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.
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Counter Translations

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