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[koun-ter-cheynj] /ˌkaʊn tərˈtʃeɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), counterchanged, counterchanging.
to cause to change places, qualities, etc.; interchange.
to diversify; checker.
Origin of counterchange
1885-90; counter- + change Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dissolution is the counterchange which sooner or later every evolved aggregate undergoes.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • Inlay lends itself most invitingly to counterchange in design, as seen in the stole at A, Illustration 62.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • Fig. 20 is an example of a counterchange design carried out in inlay; for this method of work counterchange is very suitable.

  • The whole conversation becomes a dance of change and counterchange of place.

    The Colour of Life Alice Meynell
  • Greek art and Gothic alike have series, with repetition or counterchange for their ruling motive.

    Essays Alice Meynell
  • When tempered with flint or quartz sand to a uniform degree, they offer a splendid opportunity for counterchange pattern.

  • Us, above all, by virtue of the custom of counterchange here set forth.

    Essays Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for counterchange


verb (transitive)
to change parts, qualities, etc
(poetic) to chequer, as with contrasting colours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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