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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make into, or furnish with, a steep slope, like that of a scarp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The side of the ditch next the parapet; -- same as scarp, and opposed to counterscarp.
  • transitive v. To make into, or furnish with, a steep slope, like that of a scrap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In fortification, to slope; give a slope to.
  • n. In fortification, that side of a ditch surrounding a rampart which is nearest to the rampart: the opposite of counterscarp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification

Etymologies

French escarpe, from Italian scarpa; see scarp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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