• WordNet 3.6
    • n counteraction action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
    • n Counteraction Action in opposition; hindrance resistance. "They] do not . . . overcome the counteraction of a false principle or of stubborn partiality."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n counteraction Action in opposition; hindrance; resistance.
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In literature:

The body must find some means of counteracting or destroying these injurious toxic substances.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
If the states also had the power, they might counteract the policy of the national government.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
It might counteract possible false impressions in the past.
"The Little Red Chimney" by Mary Finley Leonard
No amount of rice or ribbon could counteract his sinister companionship.
"New Faces" by Myra Kelly
Counteracting celestial weapons with celestial, and human weapons with human, what man is a match for Arjuna?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Something in the way of counteraction has been done, though not always with knowledge.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
The machinery of order was set in force to counteract the machinery of sedition.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
Her first care, then, must be to counteract her own example.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
She seemed tall, but her short skirt counteracted that effect.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
The whole business between them and the nominal king will be mutual counteraction.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In news:

When the argonauts stopped several meters below the surface, water pressure compressed the remaining air inside the case enough that it counteracted the animals' weight, leaving the argonauts floating neutrally buoyant at a chosen depth.
Unlike the monohull America's Cup yachts of the past, catamarans have no heavy keel below water to counteract the tipping force of the wind.
Long haul truckers working to counteract health perils of hours on the road.
Real-Life Inception: Army Looks to ' Counteract Nightmares' With Digital Dreams.
Rutgers Students Want Springsteen to Counteract Snooki Performance.
Counteract military history's neglect: Read these books.
Will Congress Follow The Lead Of State Legislatures And Force The Pharmaceutical Industry To Counteract The Methamphetamine Epidemic.
Volcano's Eruption in Philippines May Counteract Global Warming.
Business Can Counteract Washington Gridlock.
Cholesterol meds are developed to counteract them.
The hacker tool, dubbed DECAF, is designed to counteract the Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor, aka COFEE.
The system is best at counteracting the reverberant effect of hard construction materials typically used in spaces such as airports and houses of worship.
It counteracts reduced speed of diesel engine and low input flow rates.
To counteract their drying and dulling effects—and to fight frizz and score the perfect summer style, check out these new, natural oil-infused products.
A good physical therapist can show you core exercises to counteract lower back pain.

In science:

It counteracts the overall excess of particles moving to the x direction over particles moving to the y direction reducing v2 .
Hydrodynamical description of collective flow
The suspension will have high gain at low frequencies to counteract DC forces and very low gain in the measurement band, such that, for forces applied at mHz frequencies, the test mass dynamics is roughly that of a free particle, with displacement x ≈ −f mω2 .
Possibilities for Measurement and Compensation of Stray DC Electric Fields Acting on Drag-Free Test Masses
As discussed in the preceding section, the EW variation of the Mg i i line tends to counteract the continuum gravity darkening effect.
Be-star rotation: how close to critical?
As we demonstrated in Sections 4.2– 4.3, the inverse temperature/EW dependence exhibited by the Mg i i λ4481 ˚A line partly counteracts the effect of gravity darkening in the continuum, and lessens the impact of the degeneracy.
Be-star rotation: how close to critical?
But σ8 decreases with increasing wφ , and thus the effect of concentration is counteracted.
Summary of the XXXIX Rencontres de Moriond