from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to change places; transpose.
  • transitive v. To make checkered; variegate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give and receive; to cause to change places; to exchange.
  • v. To checker; to diversify, as in heraldic counterchanging.
  • n. An exchange of one thing for another.
  • n. Due return (for an action etc.); reciprocation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Exchange; reciprocation.
  • transitive v. To give and receive; to cause to change places; to exchange.
  • transitive v. To checker; to diversify, as in heraldic counterchanging. See Counterchaged, a., 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give and receive in exchange; cause to change places; cause to change from one state to its opposite; cause to make alternate changes; alternate.
  • n. Interchange; reciprocation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to change places


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French contrechange (noun), contrechanger (verb).


  • Using samples from his illustrious career, he takes the reader through his thought process and explains principles both basic (setting up an efficient studio, thumbnail sketches) and advanced (shapewelding, counterchange, flagging the head).

    Imaginative Realism Reviews

  • If you're angry and resentful, requests for change will be met with resistance and counterchange efforts: "It's not my problem; it's your problem."

    Loving Your Partner As A Package Deal

  • So it went, change and counterchange, and the assortment of animals was depleted on both sides.

    Phaze Doubt

  • Now the heavy hand of war dealt equal woe and counterchange of death; in even balance conquerors and conquered slew and fell; nor one nor other knows of retreat.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • [827-860] At this lord Aeneas 'soul is thrilled with soft counterchange of delight.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • What I have seen and heard during my stay among you has forced on me the belief that this slow change from habitual inertness to persistent activity has reached an extreme from which there must begin a counterchange -- a reaction.

    The Contemporary Review, January 1883 Vol 43, No. 1

  • Designs may be planned on the counterchange principle.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving

  • The pattern, it will be noticed, is planned on the counterchange principle, which is particularly well suited for this method of work.

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving

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

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving

  • We waited, ant through the constant change and counterchange of plans it was noon before we finally left Arras for Amiens.

    The Blitzkrieg In Flanders


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  • Repetition of words, in successive clauses, in reverse grammatical order. This figure is sometimes known as chiasmus or antimetabole.

    Examples: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

    "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." —John F. Kennedy

    "You can take the gorilla out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the gorilla."

    (Silva Rhetoricae)

    May 17, 2008