- the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way.
Origin of counterscarp
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Historical Examples of counterscarp
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
At two o'clock in the morning the wooden tower was on the counterscarp of the ditch.
Counterscarp, is the casing of the ditch which is opposite to the defence.
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)