counterattack
Attack by part or all of a defending force against an enemy attacking force, for such specific purposes as regaining ground lost or cutting off or destroying enemy advance units, and with the general objective of denying to the enemy the attainment of the enemy

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • counterattack — I noun counteraction, counterassault, counterblast, counterblow, countermeasure, countermovement, counteroffensive, counterplot, counterpush, counterstrike, counterstroke, counterthrust, cross fire, reprisal, retaliation, retort, retortion,… …   Law dictionary

  • counterattack — also counter attack, 1882 (n.), from COUNTER (Cf. counter ) + ATTACK (Cf. attack); as two words from early 19c. The verb is recorded from 1916 …   Etymology dictionary

  • counterattack — [kount′ər ə tak΄; ] for v., also [ kount΄ər ə tak′] n. an attack made in opposition to, or in reprisal for, another attack vt., vi. to attack in reprisal, or so as to offset the enemy s attack …   English World dictionary

  • Counterattack — For other uses, see Counterattack (disambiguation). Closing the Falaise Argentan Pocket and the Mortain counterattack 6 17 August 1944 A counterattack is a tactic used in response against an attack. The term originates in military strategy.[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • counterattack — n. 1) to launch, make a counterattack 2) a counterattack against * * * [ kaʊntərətæk] make a counterattack a counterattack against to launch …   Combinatory dictionary

  • counterattack — I UK [ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms counterattack : singular counterattack plural counterattacks an attack against someone who has just attacked you in a war, game, or argument II UK [ˈkaʊnt(ə)rəˌtæk] / US [ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk] verb… …   English dictionary

  • counterattack — n. /kown teuhr euh tak /; v. /kown teuhr euh tak , kown teuhr euh tak /, n. 1. an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack. 2. Mil. an attack by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy attack. v.t. 3. to make a counterattack… …   Universalium

  • counterattack — noun (C) an attack that you make against someone who has attacked you, in a war, sport, or an argument: I decided on a swift counterattack. counterattack verb (I, T) counterattacker noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • counterattack — coun•ter•at•tack [[t]ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk[/t]] n. 1) an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack 2) to make a counterattack against 3) to deliver a counterattack • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • counterattack — noun /ˈkaʊntərətæk/ (say kowntuhruhtak) 1. an attack designed to counteract another attack; a responsive attack. 2. an attack to regain an objective taken by an enemy. –verb (i) /kaʊntərəˈtæk/ (say kowntuhruh tak) 3. to deliver a counterattack… …   Australian English dictionary

  • counterattack — coun|ter|at|tack [ˈkauntərəˌtæk] n an attack you make against someone who has attacked you, in a war, sport, or argument >counterattack v [I and T] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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