The sloping mass on the outer edge of the covered way in
fortification. Immediately without the “ditches” of the place
fortified, there is a road of communication all round the fortress
(about thirty feet wide), having on its exterior edge a covered mass of
earth eight feet high, sloping off gently towards the open country. The
road is technically called the covered way, and the sloping mass
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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