In digital logic and computing, a counter is a device which stores the number of times a particular event or process has occurred, often in relationship to a clock signal.

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  1. An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
  2. Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
  3. A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
  4. One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
  5. A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  6. The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
  7. A class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  8. In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
  9. A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent.
  10. A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count.
  11. A hit counter.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. The overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline.
  2. (by extension) The piece of a shoe or a boot around the heel of the foot (above the heel of the shoe/boot).

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. An encounter.
  2. The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
  3. Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to countertenor.
  4. The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
  5. The back leather or heel part of a boot.


  1. To contradict, oppose.
  2. To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
  3. To take action in response to; to respond.


  1. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.
    His carrying a knife was counter to my plan.


  1. Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.

Adverb (etymology 2)

  1. In opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.
  2. In the wrong way; contrary to the right course.
    a hound that runs counter
  3. At or against the front or face.

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