Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification

Etymologies

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

[French escarpe, from Italian scarpa; see scarp.]

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