coun·​ter·​shot ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌshät How to pronounce countershot (audio)
variants or counter-shot
plural countershots or counter-shots
: a shot taken in response to another : a return shot
Swanson was able to land countershots much of the bout and scored on numerous combinations to pull out the victory.Eddie Daniels
: a cinematic shot taken from the perspective of someone or something that was the subject of the previous shot
The recruits are planted all around the lush forest setting's multiple levels, occupying high ground and low, so that the simple act of shooting Yoren's knifepoint confrontation with the City Watch reveals more and more of them with each shot and countershot.Sean T. Collins
The camera shifts position, tracking both vectors of the gaze in a smooth and familiar sequence of shot and countershot that allows viewers to be in two places at once …A. O. Scott

Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of countershot was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Countershot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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