Counter
Counter Coun"ter, a. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue. ``Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle.'' --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{Counter approach} (Fort.), a trench or work pushed forward from defensive works to meet the approaches of besiegers. See {Approach}.

{Counter bond} (Law), in old practice, a bond to secure one who has given bond for another.

{Counter brace}. See {Counter brace}, in Vocabulary.

{Counter deed} (Law), a secret writing which destroys, invalidates, or alters, a public deed.

{Counter distinction}, contradistinction. [Obs.]

{Counter drain}, a drain at the foot of the embankment of a canal or watercourse, for carrying off the water that may soak through.

{Counter extension} (Surg.), the fixation of the upper part of a limb, while extension is practiced on the lower part, as in cases of luxation or fracture.

{Counter fissure} (Surg.) Same as {Contrafissure}.

{Counter indication}. (Med.) Same as {Contraindication}.

{Counter irritant} (Med.), an irritant to produce a blister, a pustular eruption, or other irritation in some part of the body, in order to relieve an existing irritation in some other part. ``Counter irritants are of as great use in moral as in physical diseases.'' --Macaulay.

{Counter irritation} (Med.), the act or the result of applying a counter irritant.

{Counter opening}, an aperture or vent on the opposite side, or in a different place.

{Counter parole} (Mil.), a word in addition to the password, given in time of alarm as a signal.

{Counter plea} (Law), a replication to a plea. --Cowell.

{Counter pressure}, force or pressure that acts in a contrary direction to some other opposing pressure.

{Counter project}, a project, scheme, or proposal brought forward in opposition to another, as in the negotiation of a treaty. --Swift.

{Counter proof}, in engraving, a print taken off from another just printed, which, by being passed through the press, gives a copy in reverse, and of course in the same position as that of plate from which the first was printed, the object being to enable the engraver to inspect the state of the plate.

{Counter revolution}, a revolution opposed to a former one, and restoring a former state of things.

{Counter revolutionist}, one engaged in, or befriending, a counter revolution.

{Counter round} (Mil.), a body of officers whose duty it is to visit and inspect the rounds and sentinels.

{Counter sea} (Naut.), a sea running in an opposite direction from the wind.

{Counter sense}, opposite meaning.

{Counter signal}, a signal to answer or correspond to another.

{Counter signature}, the name of a secretary or other officer countersigned to a writing. --Tooke.

{Counter slope}, an overhanging slope; as, a wall with a counter slope. --Mahan.

{Counter statement}, a statement made in opposition to, or denial of, another statement.

{Counter surety}, a counter bond, or a surety to secure one who has given security.

{Counter tally}, a tally corresponding to another.

{Counter tide}, contrary tide. [1913 Webster]


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