counterscarp

[koun-ter-skahrp]
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noun Fortification.

the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way.

Origin of counterscarp

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

noun

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