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Definition of 'counter'

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  1. table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
  2. game equipment used in various card or board games
  3. a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens
       Synonyms: tabulator
  4. a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
       Synonyms: buffet sideboard
  5. a person who counts things
  6. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: heel counter
  9. a return punch (especially by a boxer)
       Synonyms: counterpunch parry


  1. speak in response; "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
  2. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
       Synonyms: anticipate foresee forestall


  1. indicating opposition or resistance
       Synonyms: antagonistic


  1. in the opposite direction; "run counter"

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