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counterscarp

[koun-ter-skahrp]
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noun Fortification.
  1. the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way.
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Origin of counterscarp

1565–75; counter- + scarp (modeled on Italian contrascarpa); replacing counterscarfe, with scarfe obsolete variant of scarp
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Examples from the Web for counterscarp

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • At two o'clock in the morning the wooden tower was on the counterscarp of the ditch.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

  • Counterscarp, is the casing of the ditch which is opposite to the defence.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

  • In this way they reached the counterscarp of the ditch, despite of missiles from the towers.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc


British Dictionary definitions for counterscarp

counterscarp

noun
  1. fortifications the outer side of the ditch of a fortCompare escarp (def. 1)
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