1. 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.
(Fort.), a trench or work pushed forward from defensive works to meet the approaches of besiegers. See Approach.
(Law), in old practice, a bond to secure one who has given bond for another.
See Counter brace, in Vocabulary.
(Law), a secret writing which destroys, invalidates, or alters, a public deed.
a drain at the foot of the embankment of a canal or watercourse, for carrying off the water that may soak through.
(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.
(Surg.) Same as Contrafissure.
(Med.) Same as Contraindication.
(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.
(Med.), the act or the result of applying a counter irritant.
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.
(Law), a replication to a plea. Cowell.
force or pressure that acts in a contrary direction to some other opposing pressure.
a project, scheme, or proposal brought forward in opposition to another, as in the negotiation of a treaty. Swift.
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.
a revolution opposed to a former one, and restoring a former state of things.
one engaged in, or befriending, a counter revolution.
(Mil.), a body of officers whose duty it is to visit and inspect the rounds and sentinels.
(Naut.), a sea running in an opposite direction from the wind.
a signal to answer or correspond to another.
the name of a secretary or other officer countersigned to a writing. Tooke.
an overhanging slope; as, a wall with a counter slope. Mahan.
a statement made in opposition to, or denial of, another statement.
a counter bond, or a surety to secure one who has given security.
a tally corresponding to another.