Contrary; opposing: moves and counter moves on the checkerboard. One that is an opposite. Sports A boxing blow given while receiving or parrying another. Sports A fencing parry in which one foil follows the other in a circular fashion. A stiff piece of leather around the heel of a shoe. Nautical The portion of a ship's stern extending from the water line to the extreme outward swell. Printing The depression between the raised lines of the face on a piece of type. To meet or return (a blow) by another blow. To move or act in opposition to; oppose. To offer in response: countered that she was too busy to be thorough. To move, act, or respond so as to be in opposition. In a contrary manner or direction. To or toward an opposite or dissimilar course or outcome: a method running counter to traditional techniques. A flat surface on which money is counted, business is transacted, or food is prepared or served. Games A piece, as of wood or ivory, used for keeping a count or a place. An imitation coin; a token. A piece of money. over the counter Without being listed or available on an officially recognized stock exchange but traded in direct negotiation between buyers and sellers: bought stocks over the counter. over the counter Without a doctor's prescription being legally required: cold medicine that is available over the counter. under the counter In an illegal or surreptitious manner; illicitly: arrested for selling prescription drugs under the counter. One that counts, especially an electronic or mechanical device that automatically counts occurrences or repetitions of phenomena or events.