- the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way.
Origin of counterscarp
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The French had no idea of the existence of the counterscarp.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
On the seventeenth the first counterscarp of the town was attacked.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Counterscarp, is the casing of the ditch which is opposite to the defence.
At two o'clock in the morning the wooden tower was on the counterscarp of the ditch.
In this way they reached the counterscarp of the ditch, despite of missiles from the towers.
- fortifications the outer side of the ditch of a fortCompare escarp (def. 1)
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