American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
- n. A steep slope in front of a fortification.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, ground cut away, nearly vertically, about a position in order to render it inaccessible to an enemy.
- n. Hence The precipitous side of any hill or rock; the abrupt face of a high ridge of land; a cliff.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
- n. a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
- From French escarpement. (Wiktionary)
“To make it more spectacular the escarpment is sliced by multiple canyons and valleys that plummet abruptly to the semi-desert African plane thousands of feet below.”
“Farther inland, every sandstone and limestone escarpment is the color of bone.”
“Toniná, at seven levels up against that escarpment, is the highest construction among all ancient Maya cities and a spectacular sight.”
“The lowlands below the escarpment are a complex of Carboniferous/Permian metamorphic and sedimentary rocks (slate, phyllite, sandstone and conglomerate).”
“The escarpment was a jumbled blanket of gray stone outcrops and grass dried almost white by the heat of Furnace Sky.”
“-- This mountain is dominated by a bedrock escarpment, that is not inaccessible, but difficult to reach; it seems to be entirely composed of fossil shellfish contained in blackish coarse marble.”
“The escarpment is a 650-mile rock formation that arcs from Niagara Falls in New York to the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin.”
“There is a remarkable “forest” of cedars along the Niagara escarpment which is essentially a cliff that goes for 600 km.”
“It straddles the escarpment which is the major watershed between Namaqualand in the west, and Bushmanland in the east.”
““The great Thinker Marmel believed that the escarpment is a sheet of the world sliding over another sheet — the one we’re sitting on.”
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