from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval milit. arch., a continuous footway upon the top of the ramparts, protected by the battlements, and affording means of communication between towers and bastions.
- n. A sentry-path around a fortification, along the scarp or counterscarp, protected by a loopholed wall or the glacis. See covered way, under cover.
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It is the fourth floor, just beneath this vane, that is the most interesting of all the new work, as it presents a complete and accurate picture of mediæval defences, showing both the wooden hoarding which projected beyond the walls in order to give space to hurl down stones and boiling lead, and the guard's chemin-de-ronde cut in the solid wall with its openings that communicate with each side.
And up and down went all the promenaders, chatting, laughing, examining this and that work of defence or engine of destruction in such a good-humoured, light-hearted way that the whole _chemin-de-ronde_ seemed to be a vast fair, held solely for the amusement of the most volatile people that the world has ever known.