Nearby words

  1. countably additive function,
  2. countably compact set,
  3. countback,
  4. countdown,
  5. countenance,
  6. counter check,
  7. counter electromotive force,
  8. counter jumper,
  9. counter reformation,
  10. counter table

Origin of counter

3
1400–50; late Middle English countre < Anglo-French co(u)ntre, cuntre, Old French contre < Latin contrā against. See counter-

counter

4
[ koun-ter ]
/ ˈkaʊn tər /

verb (used with object)

to encounter in opposition or combat.

Origin of counter

4
1250–1300; Middle English countren, aphetic variant of acountren < Middle French acontrer. See a-5, encounter

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British Dictionary definitions for countering

counter

1
/ (ˈkaʊntə) /

noun

Word Origin for counter

C14: from Old French comptouer, ultimately from Latin computāre to compute

Word Origin for counter

C15: from Old French contre, from Latin contrā against

counter

3
/ (ˈkaʊntə) /

noun

a person who counts
an apparatus that records the number of occurrences of events
any instrument for detecting or counting ionizing particles or photonsSee Geiger counter, scintillation counter, crystal counter
electronics another name for scaler (def. 2)

Word Origin for counter

C14: from Old French conteor, from Latin computātor; see count 1

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Word Origin and History for countering
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Medicine definitions for countering

counter

[ kountər ]

n.

One that counts, especially an electronic or mechanical device that automatically counts occurrences or repetitions of phenomena or events.

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Idioms and Phrases with countering

counter

see run counter to; under the counter.

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