counter, compter (n.)
round piece of metal used for counting
Cym V.iv.171[First Gaoler to Posthumus] your neck, sir, is pen, book, and counters
TC II.ii.28[Troilus to Hector, of Priam] Will you with counters sum / The past-proportion of his infinite [i.e. his extraordinary greatness which defies calculation]
WT IV.iii.35[Clown to himself, of working out the value of wool] I cannot do't without counters [F Compters]
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