Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To work in opposition to; to counteract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To work in opposition to; to counteract.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To work in opposition to; counteract; hinder by contrary operations.
  • n. Opposing work or effort; countervailing action; active opposition.
  • n. Something made or done in opposition to or refutation of something else.

Etymologies

counter- +‎ work (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If we go through all the Steve work and counterwork and the lot and still end up with a hockey stick, that would not bother me.

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  • After this the Peloponnesians, finding that their engines effected nothing, and that their mound was met by the counterwork, concluded that their present means of offence were unequal to the taking of the city, and prepared for its circumvallation.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Here the pursuers burst in with them, and after getting in were beaten out by the Syracusans, and some few of the Argives and Athenians slain; after which the whole army retired, and having demolished the counterwork and pulled up the stockade, carried away the stakes to their own lines, and set up a trophy.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Syracusans, guided by their generals, and above all by Hermocrates, instead of risking any more general engagements, determined to build a counterwork in the direction in which the Athenians were going to carry their wall.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • If a man notoriously and designedly insults and affronts you, knock him down; but if he only injures you, your best revenge is to be extremely civil to him in your outward behavior, though at the same time you counterwork him, and return him the compliment, perhaps with interest.

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  • After this the Peloponnesians, finding that their siege engines effected nothing, and that their mound was met by the counterwork, concluded that their present means of offense were unequal to the taking of the city, and prepared for its circumvallation.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • When it was completed, this counterwork consisted of a solid stone wall, crowned with wooden towers, and defended in front by a palisade.

    Stories from Thucydides

  • By this time the Syracusan counterwork had almost passed the end of the

    Stories from Thucydides

  • Perceiving their intention, the Syracusans began a second counterwork, consisting of a stockade and ditch, which started at the point of junction between the old city-wall and the new, and ran across the low swampy ground as far as the Anapus.

    Stories from Thucydides

  • If the Syracusans succeeded in completing and holding this counterwork, the blockade of Syracuse would be rendered impossible.

    Stories from Thucydides

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