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Definition of "escarp" []

  • A steep slope or cliff; an escarpment. (noun)
  • The inner wall of a ditch or trench dug around a fortification. (noun)
  • To cause to form a steep slope. (verb-transitive)
  • To furnish with an escarp. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "escarp" in a sentence
  • "The extreme westerly escarp of these hills bore 17° E. of N., so that nothing was likely to impede the continued course of our friendly river in the direction we wished."
  • "The second property belonging to the Lourens Trust has 3 km of sea frontage plus magnificent ocean vistas from a dune escarp inland."
  • "He swerved to swim downriver, wanting to explore the section that brushed - the escarp - ment."