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1. A steep slope or cliff; an escarpment.
2. The inner wall of a ditch or trench dug around a fortification.
tr.v. es·carped, es·carp·ing, es·carps
1. To cause to form a steep slope.
2. To furnish with an escarp.
[French escarpe, from Italian scarpa; see scarp.]
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(Fortifications) fortifications the inner side of the ditch separating besiegers and besieged. Compare counterscarp
(Physical Geography) a rare word for scarp3
[C17: from French escarpe; see scarp]
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1. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart.
2. any similar steep slope.
[1680–90; < French, Middle French escarpe < Italian scarpa < Germanic; see scarp]
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Past participle: escarped
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