verb (used with object), coun·ter·changed, coun·ter·chang·ing.

to cause to change places, qualities, etc.; interchange.
to diversify; checker.

Origin of counterchange

First recorded in 1885–90; counter- + change Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for counterchange

Historical Examples of counterchange

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for counterchange


verb (tr)

to change parts, qualities, etc
poetic to chequer, as with contrasting colours
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