adv at or against the front or face.
2. counter ·vt money; coin;
used in contempt.
3. counter ·noun an encounter.
4. counter ·adv the back leather or heel part of a boot.
5. counter ·vt a prison; either of two prisons formerly in london.
6. counter ·vi to return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
7. counter ·vt one who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner.
8. counter ·adv the breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
9. counter ·adv in the wrong way; contrary to the right course; as, a hound that runs counter.
10. counter ·vt a piece of metal, ivory, wood, or bone, used in reckoning, in keeping account of games, ·etc.
11. counter ·adv contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise;
used chiefly with run or go.
12. counter ·adv the after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
13. counter ·adv a prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. ·see counter, ·adv & a.
14. counter ·vt a telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
15. counter ·adj contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue.
xvi. counter ·adv ·same·as contra. formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to counter tenor.
xvii. counter ·vt a table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a long, narrow table or bench, on which goods are laid for examination by purchasers, or on which they are weighed or measured.