escarp

escarp

[ih-skahrp]
noun
1.
Fortification. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart. See diag. under bastion.
2.
any similar steep slope.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make into an escarp; give a steep slope to; furnish with escarps.

Origin:
1680–90; < French, Middle French escarpe < Italian scarpa < Germanic; see scarp

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escarp (ɪˈskɑːp)
 
n
1.  fortifications Compare counterscarp the inner side of the ditch separating besiegers and besieged
 
vb
2.  a rare word for scarp
 
[C17: from French escarpe; see scarp]

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