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Noun: counter  kawn-tu(r)
  1. Table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
     
  2. Game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games
     
  3. A calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens
    - tabulator
     
  4. A piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
    - buffet, sideboard
     
  5. A person who counts things
     
  6. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    - rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback
     
  7. (computing) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)
     
  8. A piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot
    "a counter may be used to stiffen the material around the heel and to give support to the foot";
    - heel counter
     
  9. A return punch (especially by a boxer)
    - counterpunch, parry
     
  10. (nautical) the overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline
Verb: counter  kawn-tu(r)
  1. Speak in response
    "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
     
  2. Act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
    - anticipate, foresee, forestall
Adjective: counter  kawn-tu(r)
  1. Indicating opposition or resistance
    - antagonistic
Adverb: counter  kawn-tu(r)
  1. In the opposite direction
    "run counter"
Prefix: counter-  kawn-tu(r)
  1. Opposite, complementary

Derived forms: countering, counters, countered

See also: negative

Type of: act, answer, article of furniture, biff, calculating machine, calculator, clout, dong [Austral, NZ], furniture, game equipment, individual, lick, mortal, move, person, piece of furniture, piece of leather, poke, punch, register, reply, respond, response, slug, somebody, someone, soul, table

Part of: boot, dining room, dining-room, shoe

Encyclopedia: Counter, Wood Street