counter

counter1
noun
1》 a long flat-topped fitment across which business is conducted in a shop or food and drinks are served.
    ↘N. Amer. a worktop.
2》 a small disc used in board games for keeping the score or as a place marker.
    ↘a token representing a coin.
3》 a factor used to give one party an advantage in negotiations.
4》 a person or thing that counts something.
    ↘Physics an apparatus used for counting individual ionizing particles or events.
Phrases
over the counter by ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence.
↘(of share transactions) taking place outside the stock exchange system.
under the counter (or table) (with reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and illegally.
Origin
ME (in sense 2): from OFr. conteor, from med. L. computatorium, from L. computare (see compute).
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counter2
verb
1》 speak or act in opposition or response to.
2》 Boxing give a return blow while parrying.
adverb (counter to) in the opposite direction to or in conflict with.
adjective responding to something of the same kind, especially in opposition: argument and counter argument.
noun
1》 an act or speech which counters something else.
2》 Boxing a counterpunch.
3》 the curved part of the stern of a ship projecting aft above the waterline.
4》 Printing the white space enclosed by a letter such as O or c.
Origin
ME: from OFr. contre, from L. contra 'against'.
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counter3
noun the back part of a shoe or boot, enclosing the heel.
Origin
C19: abbrev. of counterfort 'buttress', from Fr. contrefort.

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  • Counter — Coun ter, a. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue. Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle. I. Taylor. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter — coun‧ter [ˈkaʊntə ǁ ər] noun [countable] 1. COMMERCE the place where you are served in a shop, bank etc: • Please pay at the checkout counter. ˈtrade ˌcounter COMMERCE a part of a shop, factory, or website where a business can buy goods for less… …   Financial and business terms

  • counter — Ⅰ. counter [1] ► NOUN 1) a long flat topped fitment over which goods are sold or served or across which business is conducted with customers. 2) a small disc used in board games for keeping the score or as a place marker. 3) a token representing… …   English terms dictionary

  • counter — counter1 [kount′ər] n. [ME countour: in senses 1 & 2 < OFr conteor < L computator < computare; in senses 3, 4, 5 < OFr contouer, counting room, table of a bank < ML computatorium < L computare,COMPUTE] 1. a) a person or thing… …   English World dictionary

  • Counter — Coun ter, adv. [F. contre, fr. L. contra against. Cf. {Contra }.] 1. Contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; used chiefly with run or go. [1913 Webster] Running counter to all the rules of virtue. Locks. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter- — coun·ter / kau̇n tər/ prefix 1 a: contrary: opposite counter letter b: opposing: retaliatory counter action 2: complementary: corresponding …   Law dictionary

  • Counter- — Coun ter (koun t[ e]r ). Note: [See {Counter}, adv. ] A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See {Counter}, adv. & a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Count er (koun t[ e]r), n. [OE. countere, countour, a counter (in sense 1), OF. contere, conteor, fr. conter to count. See {Count}, v. t. ] 1. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of metal, ivory,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Coun ter, n. [See {Counter}, adv., {Contra}.] 1. (Naut.) The after part of a vessel s body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) Same as {Contra}. Formerly used to designate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter — [adj] opposite, opposing adverse, against, antagonistic, anti, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contrasting, converse, diametric, hindering, impeding, obstructive, obverse, opposed, polar, reverse;… …   New thesaurus

  • Counter — Coun ter, n. [OE. countour, OF. contouer, comptouer, F. comptoir, LL. computatorium, prop., a computing place, place of accounts, fr. L. computare. See {Count}, v. t.] A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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