- 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 counteringrespond, resist, foil, oppose, offset, retaliate, counteract, hinder, buck, return, frustrate, vie, beat, circumvent, ruin, bilk, cross, parry, dash, contravene
Examples from the Web for countering
Contemporary Examples of countering
Experts say use of website appears aimed at countering Western media.J Street Defends Hagel
December 19, 2012
This vast sweep of subject-matter has a grand effect of countering any tendency to polemic or sectarianism.David's Book Club: In the Shadow of the Sword
June 4, 2012
Kotkin is particularly good at countering casual assumptions with larger data patterns.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
February 18, 2010
Historical Examples of countering
They had evidently been watching and countering his every step.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
Interesting historically, but of no use whatsoever in countering the menace.Deathworld
The only other handweapon capable of countering it is another quarterstaff.Black Man's Burden
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Then the idea of countering on this acuteness made him good tempered.The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari
James S. De Benneville
I struck at him and the sparks flew from his countering weapon.Port O' Gold
Louis John Stellman
- 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.