Counter vs Kpi - What's the difference?

counter | kpi |

As a noun counter

is an object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc or counter can be (nautical) the overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline or counter can be (obsolete) an encounter.

As an adverb counter

is contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction or counter can be in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.

As a verb counter

is to contradict, oppose.

As an adjective counter

is contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m) (French (m)), from .


(en noun)
  • An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
  • * He rolled a six on the dice, so moved his counter forward six spaces.
  • (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
  • A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
  • * He put his money on the counter , and the shopkeeper put it in the till.
  • One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
  • * He's only 16 months, but is already a good counter - he can count to 100.
  • A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  • (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
  • (grammar) A class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
  • (wrestling) A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent.
  • * Always know a counter to any hold you try against your opponent.
  • (computing, programming) A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count.
  • (computing, Internet) A hit counter.
  • Derived terms
    * bean counter * counter batten * countertop * hit counter * over the counter * program counter * rivet counter

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) contre, (etyl) cuntre, both from (etyl) contra.


  • Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.
  • * Running counter to all the rules of virtue. -Locks .
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (nautical) The overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline.
  • (by extension) The piece of a shoe or a boot around the heel of the foot (above the heel of the shoe/boot).
  • * 1959 , , Seymour: An Introduction :
  • Seymour, sitting in an old corduroy armchair across the room, a cigarette going, wearing a blue shirt, gray slacks, moccasins with the counters broken down, a shaving cut on the side of his face [...].

    Etymology 3

    From counter- .


    (en verb)
  • To contradict, oppose.
  • (boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
  • * His left hand countered provokingly. - C. Kingsley
  • To take action in response to; to respond.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-12-14
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  • Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.
  • His carrying a knife was counter to my plan.
  • * I. Taylor
  • Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle.
    Derived terms
    * counter agent * counter fugue * counter current * counter revolution * counter poison : See also:


  • In opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.
  • * John Locke
  • running counter to all the rules of virtue
  • In the wrong way; contrary to the right course.
  • a hound that runs counter
  • * Shakespeare
  • This is counter , you false Danish dogs!
  • At or against the front or face.
  • * Sandys
  • which [darts] they never throw counter , but at the back of the flier


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An encounter.
  • * Spenser
  • with kindly counter under mimic shade
  • (nautical) The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
  • (music) Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to countertenor.
  • The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
  • The back leather or heel part of a boot.
  • Anagrams

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    (wikipedia KPI) ===(en)=== KPI' (''plural'' ' KPIs )
  • (management) A key performance indicator.
  • (automotive) kingpin inclination
  • Anagrams

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