from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An escarpment.
- transitive v. To cut or make into an escarpment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the steep artificial slope below a fort's parapet
- n. a cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge caused by erosion; the steeper side of an escarpment
- v. to cut, scrape, erode, or otherwise make into a scarp or escarpment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A band in the same position as the bend sinister, but only half as broad as the latter.
- n. The slope of the ditch nearest the parapet; the escarp.
- n. A steep descent or declivity.
- transitive v. To cut down perpendicularly, or nearly so.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Milit., to cut down (a slope), so as to render it impassable.
- n. In fortification, the interior talus or slope of the ditch, next the place at the foot of the rampart; hence, any sharp, steep slope. See cut under parapet.
- n. Same as escarpment, 2.
- n. A shoulder-belt or scarf: the word is found only in the Middle English form sharpe, and in the heraldic use (def. 2): otherwise in the later form scarf. See scarf.
- n. In heraldry, a diminutive of the bend sinister, having one half its breadth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
- n. a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
Italian scarpa, slope, perhaps of Germanic origin; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)