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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

I was going to McDonald's and Taco Bell every day. The kids behind the counter knew me - it wouldn't even faze them. Or I'd sit up at Denny's or Big Boy and just eat by myself. It was sad. I got so heavy that people started to not recognize me.
Eminem

Twitter is my bar. I sit at the counter and listen to the conversations, starting others, feeling the atmosphere.
Paulo Coelho

There's a lot of mountain climbers trapped inside of bodies of people behind the counter at Kinko's.
Henry Rollins

Some day you will be wheeled in for a heart bypass operation, and a surgeon will be the person who is now behind the counter when you renew your car registration at the department of motor vehicles.
P. J. O'Rourke

I went into a McDonald's yesterday and said, 'I'd like some fries.' The girl at the counter said, 'Would you like some fries with that?'
Jay Leno
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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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