\ ˈskärp How to pronounce scarp (audio) \

Definition of scarp

1 : the inner side of a ditch below the parapet of a fortification
2a : a line of cliffs produced by faulting or erosion — see fault illustration
b : a low steep slope along a beach caused by wave erosion

Other Words from scarp

scarped \ ˈskärpt How to pronounce scarp (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scarp in a Sentence

years of violent ocean storms had heavily eroded the beach, creating a scarp along one end of it
Recent Examples on the Web Weber and others are gearing up to propose a mission that would place a new network of state-of-the-art seismometers on the moon, perhaps with one touching down on or near a scarp. Adam Mann, National Geographic, 13 May 2019 That entire scarp has been there from the time the fort was constructed. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of scarp

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scarp

Italian scarpa

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“Scarp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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