counter meaning

[ 'kauntə ] Pronunciation:   "counter" in a sentence
Noun: counter  kawntu(r)
  1. Table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted 
  2. 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. A calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens
    - tabulator 
  4. A piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
    - buffet, sideboard 
  5. A person who counts things 
  6. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    - rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback 
  7. (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers) 
  8. 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"
    - heel counter 
  9. A return punch (especially by a boxer)
    - counterpunch, parry
Verb: counter  kawntu(r)
  1. Speak in response
    "He countered with some very persuasive arguments" 
  2. Act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
    - anticipate, foresee, forestall
Adjective: counter  kawntu(r)
  1. Indicating opposition or resistance
    - antagonistic
Adverb: counter  kawntu(r)
  1. In the opposite direction
    "run counter"
Prefix: counter-
  1. Opposite, complementary

Derived forms: countering, countered, counters

See also: count, negative

Type of: act, answer, article of furniture, biff, calculating machine, calculator, clout, dong [Austral, NZ], furniture, game equipment, individual, lick, mortal, move, person, piece of furniture, piece of leather, poke, punch, register, reply, respond, response, slug, somebody, someone, soul, table

Part of: boot, dining room, dining-room, shoe

Encyclopedia: Counter


A long horizontal surface used in stores, shops, banks, etc., for display of goods, for work-top areas, or for business transactions.


The top or working surface of the base of a kitchen cabinet.

noun [C]


a long flat surface in a shop/store, bank, etc. where customers are served:

Please ask at the information counter for a free brochure.

the assistant behind the counter

goods displayed on a counter


under the counter

goods that are bought or sold under the counter are sold secretly and sometimes illegally:

under-the-counter deals

C3 counter command, control, and communications

1. A circuit, such as a cascade of flip-flops, that tracks the number of pulses applied to it and usually displays the total number of pulses.
2. A mechanism, such as an electromechanical indicator, that tracks the number of impulses applied to it and displays the total.
3. An electronic switching circuit, such as a flip-flop or stepping circuit, that responds to sequential input pulses applied to it, giving one output pulse after receiving a certain number of input pulses.


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  1. the result ran counter to our expectation.
  2. she handed the change over the counter.
  3. it's almost impossible to counter that stuff.
  4. a serial-down binary counter is needed.
  5. cummings counters with his usual dexterity.

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