a table or display case on which goods can be shown, business transacted, etc.
(in restaurants, luncheonettes, etc.) a long, narrow table with stools or chairs along one side for the patrons, behind which refreshments or meals are prepared and served.
a surface for the preparation of food in a kitchen, especially on a low cabinet.
anything used in keeping account, as a disk of metal or wood, used in some games, as checkers, for marking a player's position or for keeping score.
an imitation coin or token.
a coin; money.
Idioms about counter
over the counter,
(of the sale of stock) through a broker's office rather than through the stock exchange.
(of the sale of merchandise) through a retail store rather than through a wholesaler.
under the counter, in a clandestine manner, especially illegally: books sold under the counter.
Other definitions for counter (2 of 5)
a device for counting revolutions of a wheel, items produced, etc.
a person who counts.
Other definitions for counter (3 of 5)
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.
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.
Other definitions for counter (4 of 5)
to encounter in opposition or combat.
Other definitions for counter- (5 of 5)
a combining form of counter3, used with the meanings “against,” “contrary,” “opposite,” “in opposition or response to” (countermand); “complementary,” “in reciprocation,” “corresponding,” “parallel” (counterfoil; counterbalance); “substitute,” “duplicate” (counterfeit).
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How to use counter in a sentence
A half-dozen people were already lined up outside the Fauquier Community Food Bank, each clutching a number from a dispenser like the ones sitting on deli counters.‘Can’t eat a gift card’: Rural food banks fight to put turkeys on the table | Kyle Swenson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Many noted that the lawyer made a lengthy reference to the 1992 film “My Cousin Vinny” in a long-winded analogy about the distance poll watchers were ordered to keep away from ballot counters.‘Our voting system is fine. ... It’s Rudy that’s broken’: Late-night hosts mock Giuliani’s ‘insane’ news conference | Andrea Salcedo | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Other items, such as food, over-the-counter medicines and baby products, are being “fast-tracked through the supply chain and prioritized for restocking,” spokeswoman Jessica Carlson said.Shoppers are panic-buying toilet paper. This time, there should be enough to go around. | Laura Reiley, Abha Bhattarai | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
That is, when presented with evidence that advertising doesn’t work as advertised, the advertising executive counters with all the ancillary benefits of advertising.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 19, 2020 | Freakonomics
More than 100,000 new cases and about 1,500 deaths are being recorded nationwide every day, and many states are tightening or implementing new public health measures to counter the virus’s spread.New Pfizer results show its COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95% effective | Tina Hesman Saey | November 18, 2020 | Science News
But in most emergencies, anyone taking a closer look would find that misconception countered by the reality of African leadership.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough | John Prendergast | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This show is not an exercise to offend people,” McGruder countered.‘Black Jesus’ Resurrected: Racial Stereotypes or Subversive Comedy? | Rawiya Kameir | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I asked him about the threat of a new civil war and he countered with one of his own.
However, such crypto-libertarianism is countered by a very strong belief in the need for government to provide a safety net.
Gun rights groups immediately mounted challenges and have countered by lobbying for and passing legal expansions of gun rights.
They led and countered and pummelled each other till the perspiration poured down their faces and they had begun to breathe hard.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
"You've been thinking me guilty, then," he countered swiftly.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
“Maybe we might run into the real ‘U-13’,” countered Jimmie.Boy Scouts in the North Sea | G. Harvey Ralphson
The editor of Sinn Fein countered the suppression of his paper by an ingenious device.The Evolution of Sinn Fein | Robert Mitchell Henry
To see to your principal's wound and that of the other whom your sword countered in the trial bout!Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for counter (1 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for counter (2 of 4)
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)
British Dictionary definitions for counter (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for counter- (4 of 4)
against; opposite; contrary: counterattack
complementary; corresponding: counterfoil
duplicate or substitute: counterfeit
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Other Idioms and Phrases with counter
see run counter to; under the counter.
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