- in the wrong way; contrary to the right course; in the reverse or opposite direction.
- contrary; in opposition (usually preceded by run or go): to run counter to the rules.
- opposite; opposed; contrary.
- something that is opposite or contrary to something else.
- a blow delivered in receiving or parrying another blow, as in boxing.
- a statement or action made to refute, oppose, or nullify another statement or action.
- Fencing. a circular parry.
- a piece of leather or other material inserted between the lining and outside leather of a shoe or boot quarter to keep it stiff.
- Nautical. the part of a stern that overhangs and projects aft of the sternpost of a vessel.
- Also called void. Typesetting. any part of the face of a type that is less than type-high and is therefore not inked.
- Engineering, Building Trades. a truss member subject to stress only under certain partial loadings of the truss.
- the part of a horse's breast that lies between the shoulders and under the neck.
- to go counter to; oppose; controvert.
- to meet or answer (a move, blow, etc.) by another in return.
- to make a counter or opposing move.
- to give a blow while receiving or parrying one, as in boxing.
Origin of counter3
- to encounter in opposition or combat.
Origin of counter4
Related Words for counteredrespond, resist, foil, oppose, offset, retaliate, counteract, hinder, buck, return, frustrate, vie, beat, circumvent, ruin, bilk, cross, parry, dash, contravene
Examples from the Web for countered
Contemporary Examples of countered
“This show is not an exercise to offend people,” McGruder countered.‘Black Jesus’ Resurrected: Racial Stereotypes or Subversive Comedy?
August 8, 2014
I asked him about the threat of a new civil war and he countered with one of his own.The Brewing Battle for Baghdad
August 3, 2014
However, such crypto-libertarianism is countered by a very strong belief in the need for government to provide a safety net.Hey, Boomers—Millennials Hate Your Partisan Crap
July 10, 2014
Gun rights groups immediately mounted challenges and have countered by lobbying for and passing legal expansions of gun rights.Pediatricians Take on the NRA Over Gun Safety
May 15, 2014
If the burgeoning gray market in political money is to be countered, a few things need to happen.The Answer to the McCutcheon Decision Is More Big Money in Politics
April 3, 2014
Historical Examples of countered
Greer countered fiercely with his left, but it was parried easily.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
"I think you'll know a deal more of it shortly," countered Mr. Green.The Lion's Skin
"Might as well die of poison as starvation," Forepaugh countered.
"You mean, if you'd done what you say he's done," I countered.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Hence all such things would have to be admitted and countered.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
- a horizontal surface, as in a shop or bank, over which business is transacted
- (in some cafeterias) a long table on which food is served to customers
- a small flat disc of wood, metal, or plastic, used in various board games
- a similar disc or token used as an imitation coin
- a person or thing that may be used or manipulated
- a skating figure consisting of three circles
- under the counter (under-the-counter when prenominal) (of the sale of goods, esp goods in short supply) clandestine, surreptitious, or illegal; not in an open manner
- over the counter (over-the-counter when prenominal) (of security transactions) through a broker rather than on a stock exchange
Word Origin for counter
- in a contrary direction or manner
- in a wrong or reverse direction
- run counter to to have a contrary effect or action to
- opposing; opposite; contrary
- something that is contrary or opposite to some other thing
- an act, effect, or force that opposes another
- a return attack, such as a blow in boxing
- fencing a parry in which the foils move in a circular fashion
- the portion of the stern of a boat or ship that overhangs the water aft of the rudder
- Also called: void printing the inside area of a typeface that is not type high, such as the centre of an "o", and therefore does not print
- the part of a horse's breast under the neck and between the shoulders
- a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe
- to say or do (something) in retaliation or response
- (tr) to move, act, or perform in a manner or direction opposite to (a person or thing)
- to return the attack of (an opponent)
Word Origin for counter
Word Origin for counter
mid-14c., "table where a money lender does business," from Old French contouer, comptoir (14c.) "counting room, table of a bank," from Medieval Latin computatorium "place of accounts," from Latin computatus, past participle of computare (see compute). Generalized 19c. from banks to shops, then extended to display cases for goods. Phrase under the counter is from 1926.
"go against," late 14c., from Old French countre "facing opposite" (see counter-). Related: Countered; countering. As an adverb, from mid-15c.; as an adjective, from 1590s.
- One that counts, especially an electronic or mechanical device that automatically counts occurrences or repetitions of phenomena or events.
see run counter to; under the counter.