- 1A long flat-topped fitment across which business is conducted in a shop or bank or refreshments are served in a cafeteria.More example sentences
- Having eaten these we were hard pressed to ignore the shop counter as we departed.
- Some supporters are also signing petitions displayed on the counters of shops and other businesses throughout the city centre.
- While you go around various car accessories shop stalls and insurance counters, children'll have fun at painting and quiz contests.
- 1.1North American A worktop.More example sentences
- Clearing the counters of food items and shoving dishes into the sink, I ran a wet cloth over the various surfaces to remove crumbs and spills.
- Her mother slammed the plates down on the countertop, wondrously not breaking them but making a mess as Megan's uneaten food spilled on the counter.
- Kristen said sadly putting her drink on the counter.
- 2A small disc used in board games for keeping the score or as a place marker.More example sentences
- It was used for making pendants, finger rings, playing counters, dice and even spindle whorls.
- According to the rules you need nothing more than your brain and a pack of cards, so it's a lot cheaper than the usual awful party games that cost £29.99 for a box, three dice and six counters.
- The game, played with counters and dice, is already proving a big hit - so much so that more copies are being produced to be distributed next year.
- 2.1A token representing a coin.More example sentences
- The name merels comes from the low Latin word merrelus, meaning a ‘token, counter or coin’.
- 3A device used for counting: the counter tells you how many pictures you have takenMore example sentences
- Some sort of centrifugal device that only triggered the counter if it was activated by the centrifugal force of the drum turning.
- All microswitches and counters were controlled by a central power source connected to a digital timer set to turn on one hour after sunset and turn off one hour before sunrise.
- The novelty of the electronic counter at the [Overbridge] traffic signal is yet to wear off, and the constables posted at the busy junction seem to be a more relaxed lot these days.
- 3.1A person who counts something, for example votes in an election.More example sentences
- Members of the election committee, ballot counters and voting station officials have all been trained on their individual functions and are prepared for the election.
- It was only a few hours after the general election results that the counters were again sifting through ballot papers.
- It could even make things worse, by adding more translation layers between the voters and the vote counters and preventing recounts.
- 3.2 Physics An apparatus used for counting individual ionizing particles or events.More example sentences
- The system also provides for designating the general purpose counters to monitor selected events in programs.
- A counter in the clock tracks the time it takes for most of the atoms to make the shift.
- One was a particle counter installed on the second layer of the Whipple shield protecting the spacecraft's main body.
behind the counter
- Serving in a shop or bank: he drove to the store and flirted with two sisters behind the counterMore example sentences
- The girl behind the counter in the shop was shutting up for the long afternoon lull.
- The people behind the counter told us the shop had been there for one month.
- He was such a regular of the Flavas fried chicken shop that he greeted the confused man behind the counter like an old friend.
over the counter
- By ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence: [as modifier]: over-the-counter medicinesMore example sentences
- They are advertised, marketed, and sold on the Internet, as well as over the counter in ordinary retail shops.
- Patients derive enough benefit from over the counter cough medicines to purchase them in the first place and to keep returning for more.
- Is there any allergy medicine I can buy over the counter that won't affect my blood pressure or my prostate?
- (Of share transactions) taking place outside the stock exchange system.More example sentences
- The company's stock is not listed on any stock exchange, but it is traded over the counter.
- After numerous downgradings, it now trades over the counter for a nickel a share.
- (With reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and typically illegally: hard porn is legally banned, but still available under the counter [as modifier]: an under-the-counter dealMore example sentences
- There is also a huge market for smuggled cigarettes with many legitimate retailers selling them under the counter.
- The Chinatown store that sold them under the table recently went out of business.
- Children in our country are exposed to many more sexual images in television ads - especially those selling beer - than in raunchy magazines sold under the counter.
- 1Speak or act in opposition to: the second argument is more difficult to counterMore example sentences
- A losing side sometimes falls into a trap where they tend to counter the opposition instead of dictating the game.
- They speak about self-reliance and countering the invasion of a global economy by humble movement like the one involving the manufacture of toilet soap.
- European and Arab opposition may be countered by possible strong support from Russia.
- 1.1 [no object] Respond to hostile speech or action: the possibility of the enemy being able to counter with similar missiles was remoteMore example sentences
parry, hit back at, answer, respond to, retort to, contradict, negate; ward off, fend off, stave off, deflect, rebuff, rebut, repel, repulse, hold at bay; combat, fight, attack, tackle, confront, stand up to, put up a fight against, oppose, resist, dispute, argue against; counteract• informal shoot full of holes, blow sky high• formal gainsay
- If it were just on private television, then I'd say, great, the best way to fight abuse of the freedom of speech, is to counter with better speech.
- Those of us who have fought for Inuit rights would counter with this: Can you eat your degrees when you are starving?
- One must be able to withstand both the physical and mental attacks directed towards them, and be able to counter with their own attacks.
- 1.2 [no object] Boxing Give a return blow while parrying: he countered with a left hookMore example sentences
- He moved with impressive grace and skill, angling away from Hernandez's on rushes and countering effectively with uppercuts, straight right hands, and left hooks.
- Con stayed on the defensive, blocking and parrying, and occasionally countering when he thought there was an opening.
- I blocked that, and countered with a blow to the ribs.
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- In the opposite direction or in opposition to: his writing ran counter to the dominant trends of the decadeMore example sentences
- The el zar or Force of Estrangement (F.O.E.) is counter juxtaposed to the true God, the God of oneness.
- So that sort of runs counter to what you're saying, doesn't it?
- North Korea's attitude obviously runs counter to its commitment made in the joint statement.
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- Responding to something of the same kind, especially in opposition: after years of argument and counter argument there is no conclusive answer See also counter-.More example sentences
- There are, however, juicy counter arguments to the highest value use theory, the most obvious being that we can't all grow grapes.
- They have not given us any counter argument to support their concerns.
- Such views are clearly deeply held, but we feel that there are strong counter arguments.
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- 1 [usually in singular] A thing which opposes or prevents something else: the stimulus to employers' organization was partly a counter to growing union powerMore example sentences
- These imagined and real mothers provide an important counter to the negative images of black womanhood circulated in other media.
- We can expect an increase in enemy countermobility operations as a counter to our superiority in information and weapons technology.
- Here, they proclaimed, was the incarnation of the ideal of beauty who would provide a healthy counter to those skeletal harridans who were terrorising young girls towards a bony grave.
- 1.2 Boxing A blow given while parrying; a counterpunch.More example sentences
- His other concern is that if Lewis throws the lazy jab which he is prone to doing, a Tyson right hand counter could end matters there and then.
- He was open to a counter and Chi connected with a great right to the body and a big left uppercut that sent Brodie down to the canvas and looking in pain.
- It is later revealed that a short, chopping right hand counter by Clay catches Liston squarely.
late Middle English: from Old French contre, from Latin contra 'against', or directly from counter-.
- The back part of a shoe or boot, enclosing the heel.More example sentences
- Also, make an effort to look for shoes with adequate heel counters since they'll help you maintain good heel position when the shoe contacts the ground.
- The other most important feature is the heel counter on my new shoe.
- Footwear should have a soft insole, heel counter and Velcro straps.
mid 19th century: abbreviation of counterfort 'buttress', from French contrefort.