3. The relation of two weights or forces which balance each other; equilibrium; equiponderance.
The pendulous round eart, with balanced air,
(Coun"ter*pole`) n. The exact opposite.
The German prose offers the counterpole to the French style.
(Coun`ter*pon"der*ate) v. t. To equal in weight; to counterpoise; to equiponderate.
(Coun`ter*prove") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counterproved (-pr??vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Counterproving.]
To take a counter proof of, or a copy in reverse, by taking an impression directly from the face of an
original. See Counter proof, under Counter.
(counterrevolutionary counter-revolutionary) adj. marked by opposition or antipathy
to revolution; as, ostracized for his counterrevolutionary tendencies. Opposite of revolutionary.
(Coun"ter-roll`) n. [Cf. Control.] (O. Eng. Law) A duplicate roll (record or account) kept
by an officer as a check upon another officer's roll. Burrill.
As a verb this word is contracted into control. See Control.
(Coun`ter*rol"ment) n. A counter account. See Control. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Coun`ter-sa"li*ent) (-s?"l?-e>nt or - s?l"yent; 106), a. (Her.) Leaping from each other;
said of two figures on a coat of arms.
(Coun"ter*scale`) n. Counterbalance; balance, as of one scale against another. [Obs.]
(Coun"ter*scarf`) n. [Counter- + scarp: cf. F. contrescarpe.] (Fort.) The exterior slope
or wall of the ditch; sometimes, the whole covered way, beyond the ditch, with its parapet and glacis; as,
the enemy have lodged themselves on the counterscarp.
(Coun`ter*seal") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countersealed (-s?ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Countersealing.]
To seal or ratify with another or others. Shak.
(Coun`ter*se*cure") v. t. To give additional security to or for. Burke.
(Coun"ter*shaft`) n. (Mach.) An intermediate shaft; esp., one which receives motion from
a line shaft in a factory and transmits it to a machine.
(Coun`ter*sign") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countersigned (-s?nd`); p. pr. & vb. n. Countersigning.]
[Counter- + sign: cf. F. contresigner.] To sign on the opposite side of (an instrument or writing); hence,
to sign in addition to the signature of a principal or superior, in order to attest the authenticity of a writing.
1. The signature of a secretary or other officer to a writing signed by a principal or superior, to attest its
2. (Mil.) A private signal, word, or phrase, which must be given in order to pass a sentry; a watchword.
(Coun"ter*sink`) (koun"ter*si&nsmk`; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countersunk (-su&nsmk`); p.
pr. & vb. n. Countersinking.]