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

Related to ESCARPMENT

Other Geology Terms

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: escas
Previous Word in the Dictionary: escarp (transitive verb)
All Words Near: escarpment

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up escarpment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More