1 a a long flat-topped fitment in a shop, bank, etc., across which business is conducted with customers. b a similar structure used for serving food etc. in a cafeteria or bar.
2 a a small disc used for keeping the score etc. esp. in table-games. b a token representing a coin. c something used in bargaining; a pawn (a counter in the struggle for power).
3 an apparatus used for counting.
4 Physics an apparatus used for counting individual ionizing particles etc.
5 a person or thing that counts.
Phrases and idioms:
over the counter by ordinary retail purchase. under the counter (esp. of the sale of scarce goods) surreptitiously, esp. illegally.
Etymology: AF count(e)our, OF conteo(i)r, f. med.L computatorium (as COMPUTE)
v., adv., adj., & n.
1 tr. a oppose, contradict (countered our proposal with their own). b meet by a countermove.
2 intr. a make a countermove. b make an opposing statement ('I shall!' he countered).
3 intr. Boxing give a return blow while parrying.
1 in the opposite direction (ran counter to the fox).
2 contrary (his action was counter to my wishes).
1 opposed; opposite.
2 duplicate; serving as a check.
1 a parry; a countermove.
2 something opposite or opposed.
Phrases and idioms:
act (or go) counter to disobey (instructions etc.). go (or hunt or run) counter run or ride against the direction taken by a quarry. run counter to act contrary to.
Etymology: ME f. OF countre f. L contra against: see COUNTER-
1 the part of a horse's breast between the shoulders and under the neck.
2 the curved part of the stern of a ship.
3 Printing a part of a printing-type etc. that is completely enclosed by an outline (e.g. the loop of P).
Etymology: 17th c.: orig. unkn.
n. the back part of a shoe or a boot round the heel.
Etymology: abbr. of counterfort buttress

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