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(Fortifications) fortifications the outer side of the ditch of a fort. Compare escarp1


(ˈkaʊn tərˌskɑrp)

the outer slope or wall of the ditch of a fortification.
[1565–75; < Italian contrascarpa]
References in classic literature ?
When their comrades, restrained with great difficulty by D'Artagnan, saw them lodged upon the bastions, they rushed forward likewise; and soon a furious assault was made upon the counterscarp, upon which depended the safety of the place.
Then was heard a great noise of fagots being removed and of the groaning of posts; these were the counterscarps and bastions of Athos, which the besieged himself demolished.
Er mai ond un clawdd a ffos oedd yn amddiffyn y gaer ar y cyfan roedd awgrym o ail glawdd ar ffurf isglawdd sgarp neu counterscarp ar yr ochr ogleddol llai serth.
Nevertheless, it can be claimed that the pairs: scarp: counterscarp and crenel: merlon do represent antonymy.
Amphitheatre menthomenthene freedom partway trammer expurgation ana redden facula counterscarp faecal.
Henderson 1967: 281) What rendered the account of this affair the more intricate to my uncle Toby, was this,--that in the attack of the counterscarp [.
What rendered the account of this affair the more intricate to my uncle Toby, was this,--that in the attack of the counterscarp before the gate of St Nicolas, extending itself from the bank of the Maes, quite up to the great water-stop;--the ground was cut and cross-cut with such a multitude of dykes, drains, rivulets, and sluices, on all sides,--and he would get so sadly bewildered, and set fast amongst them, that frequently he could neither get backwards or forwards to save his life; and was oft-times obliged to give up the attack upon that very account only.
Along the better part of the south wall, between it and the clearly delineated counterscarp of the modernized dry ditch, runs what can only be interpreted as a barreira (fausse-braye).
1: Mowing grass and weeds in the roadway - I and III swath (shoulder + turbot + trench + counterscarp - 2 times a year).
While the latter captures adequately the keep and the general layout of the inner castle, it includes a glaring misinterpretation of the dry ditch, equipping it with cubelo towers at the outer corners of the south counterscarp, and giving the Castelo a counterscarp curtain wall that apparently never existed.
Secondly, Danzilho skimped somewhat on masonry sections not directly exposed to gunfire, particularly the wet ditch bottom and the counterscarp, and probably reused stones from those portions of the thirteenth- to fifteenth-century walls that his workers pulled down in the process of modernizing the defences.