• WordNet 3.6
    • v counterattack make a counterattack
    • n counterattack (chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board
    • n counterattack an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.
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In literature:

The only trouble was that Earth couldn't counterattack.
"The Measure of a Man" by Randall Garrett
She scrambled to her feet, drawing her own blade and attempting a mental counterattack.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
His counterattack was a split second too slow to give a disabling slash to Valkan's other arm.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
The bolts flared off Nevan's shield, blending in with his counterattack.
"Zeta Exchange" by Ann Wilson
A counterattack debouching from the west and supported by the artillery of Moronvillers caused a slight retirement of our left.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Austrian counterattacks were easily repulsed, and the Col di Lana was at last completely in Italian hands.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The Germans, however, had recovered from the surprise of the great bombardment, and they made several counterattacks.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
All counterattacks have been repulsed.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Southeast of Buczacz an Austrian counterattack failed.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Southeast of Berny the Germans succeeded in penetrating the French trenches, but were thrust out by a keen counterattack.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various

In news:

Iraq has successfully counterattacked against Iranian forces on the outskirts of an Iraqi city and appears to have gained the upper hand in the six-week-old battle, according to American military specialists.
As US military cyber units mull how to carry out successful counterattacks in cyberspace, an interesting case has developed a half world away where the country of Georgia has turned the tables on a Russia-based hacker.
Obama plans counterattack on Romney's claim he'll do more for auto industry.
Charles Krauthammer / The Big Bird counterattack is the best Obama could do.
Obama Campaign Begins Counterattack .
Unswayed by Republican counterattacks, Florida Democratic senator Bob Graham took another swing at Bush last week.
Google is readying a counterattack.
In the aftermath of tragedy, Nucky concocts a counterattack – with little support.
Is this the last gasp of encircled Taliban militants – or a continuing counterattack.
Both vigilante counterattacks, and pre-emptive attacks, fly in the face of these rights.
US troops in the center of Baghdad repelled an Iraqi counterattack Tuesday after dawn local time before moving out to expand the areas under coalition control.
Justifiably steaming over US inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, members of Canada's Conservative Party are counterattacking what they see as sovereignty incursions from the south.
Police launch annual CounterAttack blitz against drinking drivers.
Dusing spent the season at the defensive midfield position, tasked with holding back but also with starting the counterattack.
"We were able to limit turnovers and capitalize on the counterattack," said Wildcats head coach Kari Ustaszewski.

In science:

Coevolution of quasispecies: When an organism is infected by a virus, the immune receptors of the host cell counterattack the virus.
Nonlinear deterministic equations in biological evolution