The outer slope of a defensive or fortified ditch

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  • Counterscarp — of a Napoleon era polygonal fort (Fort Napoleon, Ostend). Counterscarps had become vertical by this time. The housing at the bottom of the ditch is a caponier from where the defenders could fire on attackers that managed to climb down into the… …   Wikipedia

  • Counterscarp — Coun ter*scarp (koun t[ e]r*sk[aum]rp ) n. [Counter + scarp: cf. F. contrescarpe.] (Fort.) The exterior slope or wall of the ditch; sometimes, the whole covered way, beyond the ditch, with its parapet and glacis; as, the enemy have lodged… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counterscarp — [kount′ər skärp΄] n. [Fr contrescarpe: see COUNTER & SCARP] the outer slope or wall of a ditch or moat in a fortification …   English World dictionary

  • counterscarp — /kown teuhr skahrp /, n. Fort. the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way. See diag. under bastion. [1565 75; COUNTER + SCARP1 (modeled on It contrascarpa); r. counterscarfe, with scarfe obs. var. of SCARP1] * * …   Universalium

  • counterscarp — n. narrow earth band on the outer wall of a defensive ditch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • counterscarp — noun the outer wall of a ditch in a fortification …   English new terms dictionary

  • counterscarp — coun·ter·scarp …   English syllables

  • counterscarp — coun•ter•scarp [[t]ˈkaʊn tərˌskɑrp[/t]] n. for the outer slope or wall of the ditch of a fortification • Etymology: 1565–75; < It contrascarpa …   From formal English to slang

  • counterscarp — /ˈkaʊntəskap/ (say kowntuhskahp) noun Fortifications 1. the exterior slope or wall of the ditch of a fort, supporting the covered way. 2. this slope with the covered way and glacis. {French contrescarpe, from Italian contrascarpa, from contra… …   Australian English dictionary

  • counterscarp — n. Mil. the outer wall or slope of a ditch in a fortification. Etymology: F contrescarpe f. It. contrascarpa (as CONTRA , SCARP) …   Useful english dictionary

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