escarpment


es·carp·ment

noun \i-ˈskärp-mənt\

: a long cliff or steep slope that separates two flat or slightly sloped areas

Full Definition of ESCARPMENT

1
:  a steep slope in front of a fortification
2
:  a long cliff or steep slope separating two comparatively level or more gently sloping surfaces and resulting from erosion or faulting

Examples of ESCARPMENT

  1. <the castle sits atop an escarpment that for hundreds of years made it virtually invulnerable to attack>

Origin of ESCARPMENT

French escarpement, from escarper to scarp, from Middle French, from escarpe scarp, from Old Italian scarpa — more at scarp
First Known Use: circa 1802

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

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