This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Countermand. [Latin contra, against, mandare, command]. An order in direct opposition to an order previously given, thereby annulling it and forbidding its execution.