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English adjective: counter

1. counter indicating opposition or resistance



Antonymspositive, neutral

English noun: counter

1. counter (artifact) table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted

Broader (hypernym)table

Narrower (hyponym)bar, checkout, checkout counter, meat counter, notions counter, reception desk

Part holonymcountertop

2. counter (artifact) 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

Broader (hypernym)game equipment

Narrower (hyponym)chip, poker chip

3. counter (artifact) a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens


Broader (hypernym)calculating machine, calculator

Narrower (hyponym)pulse counter

4. counter (artifact) a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers

Synonymsbuffet, sideboard

Broader (hypernym)article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture

Narrower (hyponym)cellaret, credence, credenza, minibar

Part holonymdrawer, shelf

Part meronymdining room, dining-room

5. counter (person) a person who counts things

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

6. counter (communication) a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

SamplesIt brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher.

Synonymscomeback, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte

Broader (hypernym)reply, response

Narrower (hyponym)back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing

7. counter (artifact) (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)

Broader (hypernym)register

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

8. counter (artifact) a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot

SamplesA counter may be used to stiffen the material around the heel and to give support to the foot.

Synonymsheel counter

Broader (hypernym)piece of leather

Part meronymboot, shoe

9. counter (act) a return punch (especially by a boxer)

Synonymscounterpunch, parry

Broader (hypernym)biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug

English adverb: counter

1. counter in the opposite direction

SamplesRun counter.

English verb: counter

1. counter (communication) speak in response

SamplesHe countered with some very persuasive arguments.

ExamplesThey counter that there was a traffic accident

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)answer, reply, respond

2. counter (social) act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Synonymsanticipate, foresee, forestall

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

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