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counter1 British & World English

A long flat-topped fitment across which business is conducted in a shop or bank or refreshments are served in a cafeteria

counter2 British & World English

Speak or act in opposition to

counter3 British & World English

The back part of a shoe or boot, enclosing the heel

counter- British & World English

Denoting opposition, retaliation, or rivalry

counter1 English Thesaurus

he left his groceries on the counter

counter2 English Thesaurus

the workers countered accusations of dishonesty with claims of oppression

go counter British & World English

Run or ride against the direction taken by a quarry

rev counter British & World English

An instrument that measures and displays the rate of revolutions of an engine

bean counter British & World English

A person, typically an accountant or bureaucrat, perceived as placing excessive emphasis on controlling expenditure and budgets

counter-offer British & World English

An offer made in response to another

counter-attack British & World English

An attack made in response to one by an opponent

Geiger counter British & World English

A device for measuring radioactivity by detecting and counting ionizing particles

Geiger counter New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

device for measuring radioactivity

counter-accusation British & World English

An accusation made in turn by someone against their accuser

counter-espionage British & World English

Activities designed to prevent or thwart spying by an enemy

counter-insurgency British & World English

Military or political action taken against the activities of guerrillas or revolutionaries

counter-intuitive British & World English

Contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation

counter-revolution British & World English

A revolution opposing a former one or reversing its results

behind the counter British & World English

Serving in a shop or bank

over the counter British & World English

By ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence

under the counter British & World English

(With reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and typically illegally

counter-conditioning British & World English

A technique employed in animal training and the treatment of phobias and similar conditions in humans, in which behaviour incompatible with a habitual undesirable pattern is induced

counter-intelligence British & World English

Another term for counter-espionage.

Counter-Reformation British & World English

The reform of the Church of Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries which was stimulated by the Protestant Reformation

proportional counter British & World English

An ionization chamber in which the operating voltage is large enough to produce amplification but not so large that the output pulse ceases to be proportional to the initial ionization

scintillation counter British & World English

A device for detecting and recording scintillations

Counter-Reformation New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

reform of the Church of Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries

flory counter-flory British & World English

Decorated with fleurs-de-lis set in alternating directions

go counter in counter2 British & World English

Run or ride against the direction taken by a quarry

counterblow British & World English

A blow given in return

counterflow British & World English

A flow moving in the opposite direction to another

countermark British & World English

An additional mark placed on something already marked, especially for increased security

countermine British & World English

An excavation dug to intercept another dug by an enemy

countermove British & World English

A move or other action made in opposition to another

counterplot British & World English

A plot intended to thwart another plot

countersign British & World English

Add a signature to (a document already signed by another person)

counterspy British & World English

A spy engaged in counter-espionage

countertop British & World English

North American term for worktop.

over the counter in counter1 British & World English

By ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence

counteragent British & World English

An agent or force used to reduce or neutralize something else

counterblast British & World English

A strongly worded reply to someone else’s views

countercheck British & World English

A second check for security or accuracy

counterclaim British & World English

A claim made to rebut a previous claim

countermarch British & World English

March in the opposite direction or back along the same route


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