In Heraldry implies contrariety, as in the following examples:—

counter-changedCOUNTER-CHANGED. The intermixture of metal with colours opposed to each other.

COUNTER-EMBATTLED. Embattled on both sides.
COUNTER SALIENT. Two animals leaping different ways from each other.counter-salient

COUNTER-COMPONY. Is applied to an ordinary of two checks in width of alternating tinctures.

counter-floryCOUNTER FLORY. Any ordinary ornamented with fleurs-de-luce: the points of the flowers run alternately in a contrary direction.

COUNTER PASSANT. Two animals passing the contrary way to each other.counter-passant