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Meaning & Definition of Counter in English

English

Counter

/kaʊntər/

noun

1. Table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted

    synonym:
  • counter

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

    synonym:
  • counter

3. A calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens

    synonym:
  • counter
  • ,
  • tabulator

4. A piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room

  • Has shelves and drawers
    synonym:
  • buffet
  • ,
  • counter
  • ,
  • sideboard

5. A person who counts things

    synonym:
  • counter

6. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

  • "It brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
    synonym:
  • rejoinder
  • ,
  • retort
  • ,
  • return
  • ,
  • riposte
  • ,
  • replication
  • ,
  • comeback
  • ,
  • counter

7. (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)

    synonym:
  • counter

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"
    synonym:
  • counter
  • ,
  • heel counter

9. A return punch (especially by a boxer)

    synonym:
  • counterpunch
  • ,
  • parry
  • ,
  • counter

verb

1. Speak in response

  • "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
    synonym:
  • counter

2. Act in advance of

  • Deal with ahead of time
    synonym:
  • anticipate
  • ,
  • foresee
  • ,
  • forestall
  • ,
  • counter

adjective

1. Indicating opposition or resistance

    synonym:
  • antagonistic
  • ,
  • counter

adverb

1. In the opposite direction

  • "Run counter"
    synonym:
  • counter

Examples of using

Tom sat at the counter.
His actions run counter to his words.
Where is the check-in counter?