What does counter mean?

Definitions for counter
ˈkaʊn tərcounter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word counter.

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  2. Counter(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  3. Counter(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  4. Counter(verb)

    money; coin; -- used in contempt

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  5. Counter(verb)

    a prison; either of two prisons formerly in London

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  8. Counter(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  9. Counter(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  10. Counter(adverb)

    at or against the front or face

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  11. Counter(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  14. Counter(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  15. Counter(adverb)

    the back leather or heel part of a boot

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  16. Counter(noun)

    an encounter

    Etymology: [See Counter, adv., Contra.]

  17. Counter(verb)

    to return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing

    Etymology: [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

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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. Marc Ambinder:

    The' plan' was so much more powerful in the abstract than anything you could offer in the real world to counter it.

  2. Lina Magull:

    We had one, two good chances to equalize but did not manage it. That's a real shame. We knew they had fast players and wanted to defend high up the pitch, that brings the danger of conceding on the counter, which had happened before the break.

  3. Nick Sandmann:

    A student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group, the chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what Nick Sandmann would hear at any high school.

  4. David Juurlink:

    Patients should appreciate that, like all drugs, PPIs carry risk. The fact that they're available over the counter doesn't mean they're safe, people who take PPIs and are later found to have kidney problems should ask their physicians whether the drugs might be playing a role.

  5. Daniel Post Senning:

    [ Goading ] is not a license to respond in kind, it's never an obligation that you provide a counter argument or that you have to share what you think.

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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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