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 in a Sentence
the castle sits atop an escarpment that for hundreds of years made it virtually invulnerable to attack
Recent Examples of escarpment from the Web
This massive escarpment of Precambrian rock forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau—a high desert drained mostly by the Colorado River.
The Victoria Nile, after spilling out of Lake Victoria and picking up the discharge of other big rivers on the way, squeezes through a 23-foot-wide slit in the Bunyoro escarpment and comes thrashing down 141 feet.
Arguably its most stunning feature, the Chinese Wall is a huge limestone escarpment that rises more than 1,000 vertical feet and extends a distance of 22 miles.
After a day spent in the Simian National Park trekking after troops of Gelada monkeys and Walia Ibex, sit by the fire pit on Limalimo’s terrace overlooking epic views of the Simian escarpment while drinking a cold St. George.
The same goes for the fields of California poppies that can be seen from highways where once-brown escarpments are covered with swaths of orange.
The mining craze has left an ineradicable mark, with one escarpment after another clawed by greed.
Various grasses and succulents will blanket the tunnels, and the bluff leading down toward the water will be covered in native shrubs and grasses like those seen atop other escarpments along the edge of the bay.
A rainbow over El Capitan along the western escarpment of the Guadalupe Mountains.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'escarpment'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
ESCARPMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of escarpment for English Language Learners
: a long cliff or steep slope that separates two flat or slightly sloped areas
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up escarpment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).