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[noun koun-ter-mahrch; verb koun-ter-mahrch, koun-ter-mahrch]
  1. a march back over the same ground.
  2. a complete reversal of conduct or measures.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to execute a countermarch.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to countermarch.
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Origin of countermarch

First recorded in 1590–1600; counter- + march1
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Examples from the Web for countermarch

Historical Examples

  • Watch him on the countermarch when they pass the Radnor cornet band.

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    Eugene Wood

  • He was compelled to abandon his design and to countermarch to Bridgewater.

    Roger Willoughby

    William H. G. Kingston

  • And yet, at every march and countermarch in the drill of duty, he was aware of her.

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    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • Our countermarch had lengthened the day's journey to twenty-two miles.

  • I was unwilling to fight, and knew that to countermarch would be ruinous.

British Dictionary definitions for countermarch


  1. mainly military
    1. to march or cause to march back along the same route
    2. to change the order of soldiers during a march
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  1. the act or instance of countermarching
  2. a reversal of method, conduct, etc
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