Scarcement Scarce"ment, n. (Arch. & Engin.) An offset where a wall or bank of earth, etc., retreats, leaving a shelf or footing. [1913 Webster]

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  • scarcement — [skers′mənt] n. [< obs. scarce, to make less < ME scarsen < scars: see SCARCE & MENT] a ledge or offset in a wall, etc …   English World dictionary

  • scarcement — /skairs meuhnt/, n. a footing or ledge formed by a setoff in a wall. [1495 1505; obs. scarce to lessen (v. deriv. of SCARCE) + MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • scarcement — scarce·ment …   English syllables

  • scarcement — /ˈskɛəsmənt/ (say skairsmuhnt) noun a footing or ledge formed by an offset in a wall. {obsolete sense of scarce reduce + ment} …   Australian English dictionary

  • scarcement —   n. narrow ledge on wall …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • scarcement — ˈskersmənt, ka(a)r noun ( s) Etymology: obsolete scarce to diminish (from Middle English scarsen, from scars scarce) + ment : an offset or retreat in the thickness of a wal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Broch of Mousa — Shoreside location of Mousa Broch Mousa Broch interior …   Wikipedia

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