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counterchange

[koun-ter-cheynj] /ˌkaʊn tərˈtʃeɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), counterchanged, counterchanging.
1.
to cause to change places, qualities, etc.; interchange.
2.
to diversify; checker.
Origin of counterchange
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; counter- + change
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Examples from the Web for counterchange
Historical Examples
  • Dissolution is the counterchange which sooner or later every evolved aggregate undergoes.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • Fig. 20 is an example of a counterchange design carried out in inlay; for this method of work counterchange is very suitable.

  • Greek art and Gothic alike have series, with repetition or counterchange for their ruling motive.

    Essays Alice Meynell
  • When tempered with flint or quartz sand to a uniform degree, they offer a splendid opportunity for counterchange pattern.

  • Inlay lends itself most invitingly to counterchange in design, as seen in the stole at A, Illustration 62.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • The whole conversation becomes a dance of change and counterchange of place.

    The Colour of Life Alice Meynell
  • Us, above all, by virtue of the custom of counterchange here set forth.

    Essays Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for counterchange

counterchange

/ˌkaʊntəˈtʃeɪndʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to change parts, qualities, etc
2.
(poetic) to chequer, as with contrasting colours
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