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escarpment

[ih-skahrp-muh nt] /ɪˈskɑrp mənt/
noun
1.
Geology. a long, precipitous, clifflike ridge of land, rock, or the like, commonly formed by faulting or fracturing of the earth's crust.
Compare scarp1 (def 1).
2.
ground cut into an escarp around a fortification or defensive position.
Origin of escarpment
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French escarpement. See escarp, -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for escarpment

escarpment

/ɪˈskɑːpmənt/
noun
1.
  1. the long continuous steep face of a ridge or plateau formed by erosion; scarp
  2. any steep slope, such as one resulting from faulting
2.
a steep artificial slope immediately in front of the rampart of a fortified place
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Word Origin and History for escarpment
n.

1802, from French escarpment, from escarper "make into a steep slope," from escarpe "slope," from Italian scarpa (see scarp). Earlier in same sense was escarp.

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escarpment
  (ĭ-skärp'mənt)   
A steep slope or long cliff formed by erosion or by vertical movement of the Earth's crust along a fault. Escarpments separate two relatively level areas of land. The term is often used interchangeably with scarp but is more accurately associated with cliffs produced by erosional processes rather than those produced by faulting.
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