scarp

noun
\ ˈskärp \

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

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scarped \ˈskärpt \ 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

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That entire scarp has been there from the time the fort was constructed. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "After Irma, dead seagrass ‘as far as the eye can see’ in Florida Bay," 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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scaroid

scarola

scarp

scarper

scarpher

scarplet

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