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ORIGINfrom Anglo-Norman French countre-, Old French contre, from Latin contra ‘against’.coun·ter[ˈkoun(t)ər]✕PlayNOUNcounter (noun) · counters (plural noun)
- denoting opposition, retaliation, or rivalry:"counterattack" · "counterespionage"
- denoting movement or effect in the opposite direction:"counterpoise" · "counterbalance"
- denoting correspondence, duplication, or substitution:"counterpart" · "counterpoint"
ORIGINMiddle English (in counter): from Old French conteor, from medieval Latin computatorium, from Latin computare (see compute).coun·ter[ˈkoun(t)ər]✕PlayVERBcounter (verb) · counters (third person present) · countered (past tense) · countered (past participle) · countering (present participle)
- a long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers.
- an apparatus used for counting:"the counter tells you how many pictures you have taken"
- a person who counts something, for example votes in an election.
- physicsan apparatus used for counting individual ionizing particles or events.
ADVERB(counter to)counter (adverb)
- speak or act in opposition to:"the second argument is more difficult to counter"SIMILAR:hit back atrespond toretort tohold at bayput up a fight againstargue against
- respond to hostile speech or action:"“What would you like me to do about it?” she countered"
- boxinggive a return blow while parrying:"he countered with a left hook"
- in the opposite direction to or in conflict with:"some actions by the authorities ran counter to the call for leniency"
NOUNcounter (noun) · counters (plural noun)
- responding to something of the same kind, especially in opposition: See also counter-."after years of argument and counter argument there is no conclusive answer"
ORIGINlate Middle English: from Old French contre, from Latin contra ‘against’, or directly from counter-.coun·ter[ˈkoun(t)ər]✕PlayNOUNcounter (noun) · counters (plural noun)
- a thing which opposes or prevents something else:"the stimulus to employers' organization was partly a counter to growing union power"
- an answer to an argument or criticism:"he anticipates an objection and plans his counter"
- boxinga blow given while parrying; a counterpunch.
- the curved part of the stern of a ship projecting aft above the waterline.
- printingthe white space enclosed by a letter such as O or c.
ORIGINmid 19th century: abbreviation of counterfort ‘buttress’, from French contrefort.Translate counter- toNo translation found.Your Recent SearchesWords you've searched will appear here
- the back part of a shoe or boot, enclosing the heel.
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