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

  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.

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. Haven Neal:

    He spit on the counter and left.

  2. Diona Damian:

    We were looking to counter both pathways.

  3. Don Stewart:

    We patiently await their counter-proposal.

  4. Greg Portell:

    Competitors are learning to counter-program.

  5. The Kremlin:

    Joint counter terrorism work was also discussed.

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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
  • contador, mostrador, taquillaSpanish
  • شمارشگرPersian
  • vastaehdotus, vastaan, vastaliike, vastata, laskija, työtaso, laskuri, vastustaa, tiski, putka, vastoin, vastatoimiFinnish
  • compteur, guichet, contreFrench
  • cuntarIrish
  • काउंटरHindi
  • վաճառասեղանArmenian
  • konteroIdo
  • teljari, búðarborð, afgreiðsluborðIcelandic
  • contraddire, bancone, contatore, contro, contrastareItalian
  • カウンタ, カウンターJapanese
  • aanrecht, balieDutch
  • ladaPolish
  • bancada, balcão, contadorPortuguese
  • numărătoare, contor, numărătorRomanian
  • счётчик, конторка, противостоять, противоположный, противовес, задник, противодействие, встречный удар, стойка, обратный, прилавокRussian
  • markör, disk, köksbänkSwedish
  • sayaçTurkish

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