countervail \kown-tur-VAYL\, transitive verb:
- To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
- To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.
- To exert force against an opposing, often bad, influence or power.
Countervail derives from Old French contrevaloir, from contre-, "counter-" (from Latin contra, "against") + valoir, "to be worth" (from Latin valere, "to be strong, to avail").
- The need or desire to use the same towel each time after showering. This may be a favorite towel with sentimental value, or the beach sized one that covers all your parts. This condition is frequently only suffered by one member of a family, causing much frustration upon finding that someone else has used "your" towel.
Mom: "It's in the wash, hon. I used it to dry off the dog earlier."
- A view of the female breast seen from a side; generally under loosely-fitting clothes. Very titillating (pun intended) and sexual without showing any overt nudity.
There is so much sideboob at Los Angeles awards shows!
My brother's g/f's sideboob totally distracted me from my own g/f.
- Ivan the Terrible: grand prince of Moscow was crowned the first czar of Russia (1547)
- Amendment 18: the law beginning Prohibition was ratified (1920); it was repealed in 1933
- Mickey Mantle: signed a $75,000-a-year contract, becoming the highest-paid baseball player at the time (1961)
- Operation Desert Storm: the White House announced the start of the campaign to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait (1991)
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: was sworn in as president of Liberia, becoming Africa's first elected female head of state (2006)
- Maxine Jones (En Vogue) 1966