What is counter?

  • (noun): A person who counts things.
    See also — Additional definitions below


In digital logic and computing, a counter is a device which stores (and sometimes displays) the number of times a particular event or process has occurred, often in relationship to a clock signal.

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Some articles on counter:

Mechanical Counters
... These are known as tally counters ... Such counters were originally used to control manufacturing processes, but were later used as odometers for bicycles and cars and in fuel dispensers ... company, and their name was often used for this type of counter ...
Counter-to-counter Package
... In the airline and some other transportation industries, a counter-to-counter package is a quicker (and more expensive) alternative to standard freight for the shipment ... and usually may be dropped off and picked up at a ticket counter, luggage service or freight office ... security regulations put into place after September 11, 2001 have eliminated anonymous counter-to-counter shipments ...
... A counter-offensive is the term used by the military to describe large-scale, usually strategic offensive operations by forces that had successfully halted an ... The counter-offensive is executed after exhausting the enemy's front line troops and after the enemy reserves had been committed to combat and proven incapable of breaching defences, but before the enemy has had ... Sometimes the counter-offensive can be of a more limited operational maneuver nature, with more limited objectives rather than those seeking attainment of a strategic goal ...
Baroque In Poland - Counter-reformation
... with the Jesuit Order, who arrived in Poland in 1564, as part of the counter-reformation, a trend which over the next century would triumph in Poland ... The eventual victory of the counter-reformation in Poland would eventually be one of the reasons that would contribute to its cultural stagnation ...
NHS Business Services Authority - Counter Fraud Service
... The primary aim of the NHS Counter Fraud Service (NHSCFS) is to reduce fraud within the NHS ... Counter fraud work ranges from issuing penalty notices as a result of patients falsely claiming prescription charges to the multi-million-pound claims against drug companies for alleged price-fixing ... approach, the NHS Counter Fraud Service has achieved 551 successful prosecutions and recovered almost £60,000,000 since 1998 ...

More definitions of "counter":

  • (noun): A calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens.
    Synonyms: tabulator
  • (noun): Table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted.
  • (adj): Indicating opposition or resistance.
    Synonyms: antagonistic
  • (noun): The piece of leather that fits the heel.
    Synonyms: heel
  • (noun): Game equipment used in various card or board games.
  • (adv): In the opposite direction.
    Example: "Run counter"
  • (verb): Speak in response.
    Example: "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
  • (noun): (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers).
  • (noun): A piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers.
    Synonyms: buffet, sideboard
  • (noun): A piece of leather forming the back of a shoe.

Famous quotes containing the word counter:

    I’d take the bus downtown with my mother, and the big thing was to sit at the counter and get an orange drink and a tuna sandwich on toast. I thought I was living large!... When I was at the Ritz with the publisher a few months ago, I did think, “Oh my God, I’m in the Ritz tearoom.” ... The person who was so happy to sit at the Woolworths counter is now sitting at the Ritz, listening to the harp, and wondering what tea to order.... [ellipsis in source] Am I awake?
    Connie Porter (b. 1959)

    “Speaking of contraries, see how the brook
    In that white wave runs counter to itself.
    It is from that in water we were from
    Long, long before we were from any creature.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    The technological landscape of the present day has enfranchised its own electorates—the inhabitants of marketing zones in the consumer goods society, television audiences and news magazine readerships... vote with money at the cash counter rather than with the ballot paper at the polling booth.
    —J.G. (James Graham)