1. In a kitchen, a surface, often built into a wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place. Our kitchen counter is made if ceramic tiles.
2. Contrary; opposite; antagonistic. It ran counter to my plan.
3. One who counts. Someone must count the chicken in the pen.
4. A shop tabletop on which business is transacted. The butcher put the meat on the counter.
5. A device used to record keeping count of revolutions, events, pulsations. The machine has a mechanical counter.
6. To take action in response to; to respond. I countered his objections.

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Shown is a kitchen counter