(Coun`ter*mand") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countermanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Countermanding.]
[F. contremander; contre (L. contra) + mander to command, fr. L. mandare. Cf. Mandate.]
1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously
given; as, to countermand an order for goods.
2. To prohibit; to forbid. [Obs.]
Avicen countermands letting blood in choleric bodies.
3. To oppose; to revoke the command of.
For us to alter anything, is to lift ourselves against God; and, as it were, to countermand him.
(Coun"ter*mand) n. A contrary order; revocation of a former order or command.
Have you no countermand for Claudio yet,
But he must die to-morrow?
(Coun`ter*mand"a*ble) a. Capable of being countermanded; revocable. Bacon.
(Coun`ter*march") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Countermarched (-m?rcht"); p. pr. & vb. n. Countermarching.]
(Mil.) To march back, or to march in reversed order.
The two armies marched and countermarched, drew near and receded.
1. A marching back; retrocession.
2. (Mil.) An evolution by which a body of troops change front or reverse the direction of march while
retaining the same men in the front rank; also, a movement by which the rear rank becomes the front
one, either with or without changing the right to the left.
3. A change of measures; alteration of conduct.
Such countermarches and retractions as we do not willingly impute to wisdom.
1. A mark or token added to those already existing, in order to afford security or proof; as, an additional
or special mark put upon a package of goods belonging to several persons, that it may not be opened
except in the presence of all; a mark added to that of an artificer of gold or silver work by the Goldsmiths' Company
of London, to attest the standard quality of the gold or silver; a mark added to an ancient coin or medal,
to show either its change of value or that it was taken from an enemy.
2. (Far.) An artificial cavity made in the teeth of horses that have outgrown their natural mark, to disguise
(Coun`ter*mark") v. t. To apply a countermark to; as, to countermark silverware; to countermark
a horse's teeth.
(Coun"ter*mine`) n. [Counter- + mine underground gallery: cf. F. contermine.]
1. (Mil.) An underground gallery excavated to intercept and destroy the mining of an enemy.