Counter-tenor clef(Mus.), the C clef when placed on the third line; — also called alto clef.

(Coun"ter*term`) n. A term or word which is the opposite of, or antithesis to, another; an antonym; — the opposite of synonym; as, "foe" is the counterterm of "friend". C. J. Smith.

(Coun"ter*time`) n.

1. (Man.) The resistance of a horse, that interrupts his cadence and the measure of his manege, occasioned by a bad horseman, or the bad temper of the horse.

2. Resistance; opposition. [Obs.]

Give not shus the countertime to fate.

(Coun"ter*trip`pant) a. (Her.) Trippant in opposite directions. See Trippant.

(Coun"ter*trip`ping) a. (Her.) Same as Countertrippant.

(Coun"ter*turn`) n. The critical moment in a play, when, contrary to expectation, the action is embroiled in new difficulties. Dryden.

(Coun`ter*vail") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countervailed (-v?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Countervailing.] [OF. contrevaloir; contre (L. contra) + valoir to avail, fr. L. valere to be strong, avail. See Vallant.] To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to thwart or overcome by such action; to furnish an equivalent to or for; to counterbalance; to compensate.

Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go allong with it.

Counterstand to Couple

(Coun"ter*stand`) n. Resistance; opposition; a stand against.

Making counterstand to Robert Guiscard.

(Coun"ter*step`) n. A contrary method of procedure; opposite course of action.

(Coun"ter*stock`) n. See Counterfoil.

(Coun"ter*stroke`) n. A stroke or blow in return. Spenser.

(Coun"ter*sunk`) p. p. & a. from Countersink.

1. Chamfered at the top; — said of a hole.

2. Sunk into a chamfer; as, a countersunk bolt.

3. Beveled on the lower side, so as to fit a chamfered countersink; as, a countersunk nailhead.

(Coun"ter*sway`) n. A swaying in a contrary direction; an opposing influence. [Obs.]

A countersway of restraint, curbing their wild exorbitance.

Counter tenor
(Coun"ter ten`or) [OF. contreteneur. Cf. Contratenor, and see Tenor a part in music.] (Mus.) One of the middle parts in music, between the tenor and the treble; high tenor.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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