A table or chest whose top surface is marked off for counting or measuring. The term counter typically refers to a designated area or table used for specific functions such as food preparation, serving, or transactional purposes. Counters are typically found in various settings such as kitchens, bars, restaurants, and retail stores. They are often designed to be at a suitable height for the intended use, with a flat or slightly raised surface for easy working or interaction with customers. Counters can be made of different materials such as wood, stone, or laminate, depending on the desired aesthetic and functionality.