COUNTER . (1) (Through the O . Fr. conteoir,
See also:modern comptoir, from
See also:Lat. computare, to reckon), a
See also:round piece of
See also:wood or other material used anciently in making calculations, and now for reckoning points in
See also:games of
See also:cards, &c., or as tokens representing actual coins or sums of
See also:money in gambling games such as
See also:roulette . The word is thus used, figuratively, of something of no real value, a sham . In the
See also:original sense of " a means of counting money, or keeping accounts," " counter " is used of the table or
See also:flat-topped barrier in a
See also:office or
See also:shop, on which money is counted and goods handed to a customer . The
See also:term was aiso applied, usually in the
See also:form " compter," to the debtors' prisons attached to the mayor's or
See also:sheriff's courts in
See also:London and some other boroughs in England . The " compters " of the sheriff's courts of the city of London were, at various times, in the Poultry,
See also:Bread St., Wood St. and Giltspur St.; the Giltspur St. compter was the last to be closed, in 1854 . (2) (From Lat. contra, opposite, against), a circular
See also:parry in
See also:fencing, and in boxing, a
See also:blow given as a parry to a lead of an opponent . The word is also used of the stiff piece of
See also:leather at the back of a
See also:boot or
See also:shoe, of the rounded
See also:angle at the stern of a
See also:ship, and, in a
See also:horse, of the
See also:part lying between the
See also:shoulder and the under part of the
See also:neck . In composition, counter is used to
See also:express contrary
See also:action, as in " countermand," " counterfeit," &c .
COUNT KAROLY ZICHY (1753—1826)
COUNTERFEITING (from Lat. contra-facere, to make in...
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