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- n. The outer slope of a defensive or fortified ditch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The exterior slope or wall of the ditch; -- sometimes, the whole covered way, beyond the ditch, with its parapet and glacis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, the exterior talus or slope of the ditch, or the talus that supports the earth of the covered way.
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The counterscarp is substantially built of plank, and spread with turf.
Why, the old Peer, pox of his tough constitution, (for that malady would have helped him on,) has made shift by fire and brimstone, and the devil knows what, to force the gout to quit the counterscarp of his stomach, just as it had collected all its strength, in order to storm the citadel of his heart.
We passed the demilune, we passed the culverin, bayoneting the artillerymen at their guns; we advanced across the two tremendous demilunes which flank the counterscarp, and prepared for the final spring upon the citadel.
I take advantage of this to sidle down the second counterscarp, but by the time the ditch is reached the lull reveals itself to be but the precursor of a storm.
Immediately within this a chasm gapes; its bottom is imperceptible, but the counterscarp slopes not too steeply to admit of a sliding descent if cautiously performed.
It is a little insignificant pettah, defended simply by a couple of gabions, a very ordinary counterscarp, and a bomb-proof embrasure.
We rambled for a while through the covered way, over the glacis and along the counterscarp, and listened to the guide as he detailed to us, in already accustomed words, how the siege had gone.
I would throw out the earth upon this hand towards the town for the scarp, — and on that hand towards the campaign for the counterscarp. —
The completion was no further off, than the very next morning; which was that of the storm of the counterscarp betwixt the Lower
There is a double ditch, or moat, the innermost part of which is 180 feet broad; there is a good counterscarp, and a covered way marked out with ravelins and tenailles, but they are not raised a second time after their first settling.