Escarpment
Escarpment Es*carp"ment, n. [Cf. F. escarpement.] A steep descent or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; ground about a fortified place, cut away nearly vertically to prevent hostile approach. See {Scarp}. [1913 Webster]

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  • escarpment — 1802, from Fr. escarpment, from escarper make into a steep slope, from escarpe slope, from It. scarpa (see SCARP (Cf. scarp)). Earlier in same sense was ESCARP (Cf. escarp) …   Etymology dictionary

  • escarpment — ► NOUN ▪ a long, steep slope at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights. ORIGIN French escarpement, from Italian scarpa slope …   English terms dictionary

  • escarpment — [e skärp′mənt] n. [Fr escarpement < escarpe: see ESCARP] 1. a steep slope or cliff formed by erosion or, less often, by faulting 2. ground formed into a steep slope on the exterior of a fortification: See also SCARP …   English World dictionary

  • Escarpment — In geomorphology, an escarpment is a transition zone between different physiogeographic provinces that involves a sharp, steep elevation differential, characterized by a cliff or steep slope. Escarpment is generally used interchangeably with… …   Wikipedia

  • escarpment — UK [ɪˈskɑː(r)pmənt] / US [ɪˈskɑrpmənt] noun [countable] Word forms escarpment : singular escarpment plural escarpments a steep slope that forms the edge of a long area of high land …   English dictionary

  • escarpment — [[t]ɪskɑ͟ː(r)pmənt[/t]] escarpments N COUNT An escarpment is a wide, steep slope on a hill or mountain …   English dictionary

  • escarpment — noun Etymology: French escarpement, from escarper to scarp, from Middle French, from escarpe scarp, from Old Italian scarpa more at scarp Date: circa 1802 1. a steep slope in front of a fortification 2. a long cliff or steep slope separating two… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • escarpment — /i skahrp meuhnt/, n. 1. Geol. a long, precipitous, clifflike ridge of land, rock, or the like, commonly formed by faulting or fracturing of the earth s crust. Cf. scarp1 (def. 1). 2. ground cut into an escarp around a fortification or defensive… …   Universalium

  • escarpment — noun A steep descent or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; ground about a fortified place, cut away nearly vertically to prevent hostile approach …   Wiktionary

  • escarpment —   an elongated, steep slope at the edge of an upland area such as a plateau or cuesta …   Geography glossary

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