from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. In contrast or opposition to; against.
- adv. In opposition to something stated or expected; to the contrary.
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- prep. against; contrary or opposed to
- adv. to the contrary to something
- n. a deal to swap goods or services
- n. an entry that cancels another entry
- n. any of the musical instruments in the contrabass range, e.g. contrabassoon, contrabass clarinet or, especially, double bass
- n. contra dance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A Latin adverb and preposition, signifying against, contrary, in opposition, etc., entering as a prefix into the composition of many English words. Cf. counter, adv. & pref.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Latin adverb and preposition (and prefix), meaning ‘against,’ ‘over against,’ ‘opposite,’ ‘in front of,’ orig. ‘in comparison with’: used in the phrase per contra, and, abbreviated, in pro and con; also in various legal phrases, as contra bonos mores; usually as a prefix in words taken from the Latin or Romance languages, or formed analogously in English. In introducing a legal citation it means ‘to the contrary.’ See contra-.
- A prefix of Latin origin, meaning ‘against,’ ‘over against,’ ‘opposite’; doublet of counter-. See contra and counter-.
- n. The contrary or opposite side or thing: in bookkeeping, the opposite side or column of an account; especially the right-hand or credit side (in which appear the items against the person whose books are kept).
- n. In organ-building, in the names of stops, indicating a stop whose tones are an octave below the pitch of the keys used: as, contragamba, etc.
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- n. a member of the guerrilla force that opposed a left-wing government in Nicaragua
Latin contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)