What does COUNTER mean?

Definitions for COUNTER
ˈkaʊn tərCOUNTER

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. counter(noun)

    table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted

  2. counter(noun)

    game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games

  3. counter, tabulator(noun)

    a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens

  4. buffet, counter, sideboard(noun)

    a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers

  5. counter(noun)

    a person who counts things

  6. rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter(noun)

    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

    "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"

  7. counter(noun)

    (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)

  8. counter, heel counter(noun)

    a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot

    "a counter may be used to stiffen the material around the heel and to give support to the foot"

  9. counterpunch, parry, counter(adj)

    a return punch (especially by a boxer)

  10. antagonistic, counter(verb)

    indicating opposition or resistance

  11. counter(verb)

    speak in response

    "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"

  12. anticipate, foresee, forestall, counter(adverb)

    act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

  13. counter(adverb)

    in the opposite direction

    "run counter"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Counter(adverb)

    a prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See Counter, adv. & a

  2. Counter(verb)

    one who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner

  3. Counter(verb)

    a piece of metal, ivory, wood, or bone, used in reckoning, in keeping account of games, etc

  4. Counter(verb)

    money; coin; -- used in contempt

  5. Counter(verb)

    a prison; either of two prisons formerly in London

  6. Counter(verb)

    a telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations

  7. Counter(verb)

    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. Counter(adverb)

    contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; -- used chiefly with run or go

  9. Counter(adverb)

    in the wrong way; contrary to the right course; as, a hound that runs counter

  10. Counter(adverb)

    at or against the front or face

  11. Counter(adj)

    contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue

  12. Counter(adverb)

    the after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, -- below and somewhat forward of the stern proper

  13. Counter(adverb)

    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. Counter(adverb)

    the breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck

  15. Counter(adverb)

    the back leather or heel part of a boot

  16. Counter(noun)

    an encounter

  17. Counter(verb)

    to return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing

  18. Origin: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]


  1. Counter

    In digital logic and computing, a counter is a device which stores the number of times a particular event or process has occurred, often in relationship to a clock signal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Counter

    kown′tėr, adv. against: in opposition.—adj. contrary: opposite.—n. that which is counter of opposite: (mus.) the voice-part set in immediate contrast with the air: (fencing) a parry in which one foil follows the other in a small circle: the part of a horse's breast between the shoulders and under the neck: (naut.) the part of a ship between the water-line and the knuckle of the stern.—v.t. Counteract′, to act counter or in opposition to: to hinder or defeat.—n. Counterac′tion.—adj. Counteract′ive, tending to counteract.—n. one who or that which counteracts.—adv. Counteract′ively.—ns. Coun′ter-ag′ent, anything which counteracts; Coun′ter-approach′, a work thrown up outside a besieged place to command or check the approaches of the besieger; Coun′ter-attrac′tion, attraction in an opposite direction.—adj. Coun′ter-attract′ive, attracting in an opposite direction.—v.t. Counterbal′ance, to balance by weight on the opposite side: to act against with equal weight, power, or influence.—ns. Coun′terbalance, an equal weight, power, or agency working in opposition; Coun′terbase (see Contrabass); Coun′ter-batt′ery (mil.), a battery erected to oppose another; Coun′ter-blast, something done in opposition to another thing; Coun′ter-bond, a bond to protect from contingent loss one who has given bond for another.—v.t. Coun′ter-brace (naut.), to brace or fasten (the head-yards and after-yards) in opposite ways.—n. the lee-brace of the fore-topsail-yard.—n. Coun′terbuff, a stroke that stops motion or causes a recoil.—v.t. to drive back by such.—ns. Coun′ter-cast (Spens.), a contrary cast, counterplot, trick; Coun′ter-cast′er (Shak.), one who casts accounts: a book-keeper—used in contempt; Coun′ter-change, (Shak.), exchange, reciprocation.—p.adj. Coun′terchanged′, exchanged: (her.) intermixed or set one against the other, as the colours of the field and charge.—n. Coun′ter-charge, a charge brought forward in opposition to another charge.—v.t. Coun′tercharm, to destroy or dissolve the effects of another charm.—n. that which destroys the effects of another charm.—v.t. Coun′ter-check, to check by some obstacle: to rebuke.—ns. Counter-check′, a check in opposition to another: a rebuke; Counter-claim, kown′tėr-klām, n. a cross-demand brought forward as a partial or complete set-off against another claim.; Coun′ter-curr′ent, a current flowing in an opposite direction; Coun′ter-drain, a drain alongside a canal, &c., to carry off water oozing out.—v.t. Coun′terdraw, to trace on oile

  2. Counter

    kown′tėr, n. (Spens.) encounter.—v.t. to encounter: to contradict.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. counter

    A term which enters into the composition of divers words of our language, and generally implies opposition, as counter-brace, counter-current, &c.--Counter of a ship, refers to her after-seat on the water: the counter above extends from the gun-deck line, or lower ribbon moulding of the cabin windows, to the water-line (or seat of water); the lower counter is arched below that line, and constitutes the hollow run. It is formed on the transom-buttocks.

Editors Contribution

  1. counter

    A type of surface within a kitchen.

    The counter in the kitchen was clean, tidy and neat.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COUNTER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3728

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COUNTER' in Nouns Frequency: #1883

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COUNTER' in Verbs Frequency: #960

How to pronounce COUNTER?

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How to say COUNTER in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of COUNTER in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of COUNTER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of COUNTER in a Sentence

  1. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams:

    Whatever they tried to do with the flag, as we were trying to extinguish it and they were trying to keep it away, their pants leg caught on fire, the charge was assault on an officer because the officer tried to put it out when he saw it getting burned, and there were also counter demonstrators who were trying to take it away.

  2. Art Caplan:

    Giving out Ambien or Provigil sleep aids 'like candy' as alleged is still dangerous and irresponsible because these drugs have notorious side effects, you really don't want to be cavalier about it. These drugs are prescription for a reason -- not the same as an over-the-counter drug.

  3. Manny Alvarez:

    Certain medications and over-the-counter medications are not recommended for expectant moms, and morning sickness is usually a sign of a viable pregnancy, but dealing with nausea morning, noon and night could be a nightmare.

  4. Scott Amos:

    I just left it on the kitchen counter, within reach of my two small kids or the dog or anything else.

  5. Tommy Xie:

    We think China is unlikely to engineer 25% depreciation to counter the impact of tariff as the cost of capital outflows amid the shrinking current account surplus may outweigh the benefit of supporting export, the pressure on RMB depreciation may depend on three near-term factors including the size of China's retaliation package, U.S.'s plan to impose tariff on the remaining $325 billion products and market's assessment on whether the setback is temporary or not.

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  • عدادArabic
  • гише, отговарям, контра, противопоставям се, обратен, противоположен, броячBulgarian
  • fitxa, comptavoltes, comptador, getóCatalan, Valencian
  • počtářCzech
  • rhifyddWelsh
  • optæller, skranke, tæller, disk, brik, køkkenbord, jetonDanish
  • Theke, entgegensetzen, entgegnen, Zähler, Tresen, reagieren, widersprechen, SchalterGerman
  • μετρητής, πάγκοςGreek
  • vendotabloEsperanto
  • contador, mostrador, taquillaSpanish
  • شمارشگرPersian
  • vastaehdotus, vastaan, vastaliike, vastata, laskija, työtaso, laskuri, vastustaa, tiski, putka, vastoin, vastatoimiFinnish
  • compteur, guichet, contreFrench
  • cuntarIrish
  • काउंटरHindi
  • számlálóHungarian
  • վաճառասեղանArmenian
  • melawanIndonesian
  • konteroIdo
  • teljari, búðarborð, afgreiðsluborðIcelandic
  • contraddire, bancone, contatore, contro, contrastareItalian
  • カウンタ, カウンターJapanese
  • ಕೌಂಟರ್Kannada
  • aanrecht, balieDutch
  • diskNorwegian
  • ladaPolish
  • bancada, balcão, contadorPortuguese
  • numărătoare, contor, numărătorRomanian
  • счётчик, конторка, противостоять, противоположный, противовес, задник, противодействие, встречный удар, стойка, обратный, прилавокRussian
  • markör, disk, köksbänkSwedish
  • sayaçTurkish
  • טאָמבאַנקYiddish
  • 计数器Chinese

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