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Definition: counter

(1) In electronics, a circuit that counts pulses and generates an output at a specified time.

(2) A variable in a program that is used to keep track of anything that must be counted. Programmers define counters as integer variables in their programs. See integer, variable and anatomy of a program.

Count California Records
Counters can be created to sum amounts or compute values for anything, which in this example is the number of California records in the database. Counters are also created to keep track of internal operations such as ensuring that the maximum number of characters typed in has not been reached. See 3 C's.