(Coun"ter*vail`) n. Power or value sufficient to obviate any effect; equal weight, strength, or
value; equivalent; compensation; requital. [Obs.]
Surely, the present pleasure of a sinful act is a poor countervail for the bitterness of the review.
(Coun`ter*val*la"tion) n. (Fort.) See Contravallation.
1. An opposite or opposing view; opposition; a posture in which two persons front each other.
Within the gates of hell sat Death and Sin,
M. Peisse has ably advocated the counterview in his preface and appendix.
Sir W. Hamilton.
2. A position in which two dissimilar things illustrate each other by opposition; contrast.
I have drawn some lines of Linger's character, on purpose to place it in counterview, or contrast with
that of the other company.
(Coun`ter*vote") v. t. To vote in opposition to; to balance or overcome by voting; to outvote.
Dr. J. Scott.
(Coun`ter*wait") v. t. To wait or watch for; to be on guard against. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Coun`ter*weigh") v. t. To weigh against; to counterbalance.
(Coun"ter *weight`) n. A counterpoise.
(Coun`ter*wheel") v. t. (Mil.) To cause to wheel or turn in an opposite direction.
(Coun`ter*work") v. t. To work in opposition to; to counteract.
That counterworks each folly and caprice.
(Count"ess) n.; pl. Countesses [F. comtesse. See Count a nobleman.] The wife of an
earl in the British peerage, or of a count in the Continental nobility; also, a lady possessed of the same
dignity in her own right. See the Note under Count.
(Count"ing*room`) n. [See Count, v.] The house
or room in which a merchant, trader, or manufacturer keeps his books and transacts business.
(Count"less) a. Incapable of being counted; not ascertainable; innumerable.
(Count"or) n. [From Count, v. t. ] (O. Eng. Law) An advocate or professional pleader; one
who counted for his client, that is, orally pleaded his cause. [Obs.] Burrill.
(Coun*tour" Coun*tour"house`) n. [See 2d Counter.] A merchant's office; a countinghouse.
(Coun"tre-) Same as prefix Counter-. [Obs.]
(Coun`tre*plete") v. t. [Countre- + plete to plead.] To counterplead. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Coun"tre*taille`) n. [F. contretaille; contre (L. contra) + taille cut. See Tally.] A counter
tally; correspondence [Obs.]