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Countersign

COUNTERSIGN, a military term for a sign, word or signal previously arranged and required to be given by persons approaching a sentry, guard or other post. In some armies the "countersign" is strictly the reply of the sentry to the pass-word given by the person approaching.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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