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counterscarp

[ koun-ter-skahrp ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌskɑrp /
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noun Fortification.
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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British Dictionary definitions for counterscarp

counterscarp
/ (ˈkaʊntəˌskɑːp) /

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