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escarpment

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noun es·carp·ment \i-ˈskärp-mənt\

Simple Definition of escarpment

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

Full Definition of escarpment

  1. 1 :  a steep slope in front of a fortification

  2. 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



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