A covertway or covered way (French: chemin couvert, Italian: strada coperta) is a path on top of the counterscarp of a fortification. It is protected by an embankment which is made up by the crest of the glacis. It is able to give the fort's garrison a position beyond the ditch, as well as a continuous line of communication around the outworks.
An enlarged area within a covertway designed to allow troops to assemble on it is known as a place-of-arms.
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- James, Charles (1802). A New and Enlarged Military Dictionary. London: T. Egerton. p. 629.