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1count·er

noun \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of COUNTER

1
:  a piece (as of metal or plastic) used in reckoning or in games
2
:  something of value in bargaining :  asset
3
:  a level surface (as a table, shelf or display case) over which transactions are conducted or food is served or on which goods are displayed or work is conducted <jewelry counter> <a lunch counter>
over the counter
1
:  in or through a broker's office rather than through a stock exchange <stock bought over the counter>
2
:  without a prescription <drugs available over the counter>
under the counter
:  by surreptitious means :  in an illicit and private manner <workers being paid under the counter>

Origin of COUNTER

Middle English countour, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin computatorium computing place, from Latin computare
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee

Rhymes with COUNTER

2count·er

noun \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of COUNTER

:  one that counts; especially :  a device for indicating a number or amount

Origin of COUNTER

Middle English, from Anglo-French cuntur, from cunter to count
First Known Use: 14th century

3coun·ter

verb

: to do something in defense or in response to something

: to make (something) less effective or ineffective

: to say (something) in response to something that another person has said

coun·teredcoun·ter·ing \ˈkan-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of COUNTER

transitive verb
1
a :  to act in opposition to :  oppose
b :  offset, nullify <tried to counter the trend toward depersonalization>
2
:  to assert in answer <we countered that our warnings had been ignored>
intransitive verb
:  to meet attacks or arguments with defensive or retaliatory steps

Examples of COUNTER

  1. When they blamed him for the collapse of the bridge, he countered that his warnings about the bridge had been ignored.
  2. I could say the same thing about you, she countered.
  3. After she made her point, he could not counter with anything.

Origin of COUNTER

Middle English countren, from Anglo-French cuntre against, opposite, from Latin contra; akin to Latin com- with, together — more at co-
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with COUNTER

4coun·ter

adverb

: in a way that goes against or does not agree with something

Full Definition of COUNTER

1
:  in an opposite or wrong direction
2
:  to or toward a different or opposite direction, result, or effect <values that run counter to those of society>

Origin of COUNTER

Middle English contre, from Anglo-French cuntre
First Known Use: 15th century

5coun·ter

noun

Definition of COUNTER

2
:  the after portion of a boat from the waterline to the extreme outward swell or stern overhang
3
a :  the act of making an attack while parrying one (as in boxing); also :  a blow thus given in boxing
b :  an agency or force that offsets :  check
4
:  a stiffener to give permanent form to a boot or shoe upper around the heel
5
:  an area within the face of a letter wholly or partly enclosed by strokes
6
:  a football play in which the ballcarrier goes in a direction opposite to the movement of the play

First Known Use of COUNTER

15th century

6coun·ter

adjective

Definition of COUNTER

1
:  marked by or tending toward or in an opposite direction or effect
2
:  given to or marked by opposition, hostility, or antipathy
3
:  situated or lying opposite <the counter side>
4
:  recalling or ordering back by a superseding contrary order :  countermanding <counter orders from the colonel>

Examples of COUNTER

  1. <was unprepared for such a strong counter campaign by opponents of the legislative bill>

First Known Use of COUNTER

1582

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