A raised way or foot bank, running along the inside of a parapet, on which musketeers stand to fire upon the enemy.
The step of earth within the parapet, sufficiently high to enable standing defenders to fire over the crest of the parapet with ease.
A continuous step or ledge at the interior base of a parapet on which defenders stood to direct musket fire over the top of the wall. A fire step.
Firing step behind a parapet
The step of earth inside the parapet, sufficiently high to enable the defenders standing upon it to fire over the crest of the parapet, yet be protected.
A kind of step made on the rampart of a work near the parapet, for troops to stand upon in order to fire over the parapet.
(baun-kett): The narrow walk behind the breastheight or interior slope on which the infantry stands while firing. The flat walk is the banquette tread; the slope up to it is the banquette slope.
In fortification, a banquette is a little foot path or elevated step along the inside of a rampart or parapet, by which the musketeers get up to view the counterscarp, or to fire on the enemies in the moat. These are generally a foot and a half high, and almost three feet wide.