scarped

scarp

[skahrp]
noun
1.
a line of cliffs formed by the faulting or fracturing of the earth's crust; an escarpment.
2.
Fortification. an escarp.
verb (used with object)
3.
to form or cut into a steep slope.

Origin:
1580–90; < Italian scarpa a slope. See escarp

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scarp (skɑːp)
 
n
1.  See also cuesta a steep slope, esp one formed by erosion or faulting; escarpment
2.  fortifications the side of a ditch cut nearest to and immediately below a rampart
 
vb
3.  (tr; often passive) to wear or cut so as to form a steep slope
 
[C16: from Italian scarpa]

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scarp
"steep slope," 1589, from It. scarpa "slope," probably from a Gmc. source (cf. M.H.G. schroffe "sharp rock, crag," O.E. scræf "cave, grave"). Fr. escarpe is from It.
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scarp   (skärp)  Pronunciation Key 
A continuous line of cliffs produced by vertical movement of the Earth's crust along a fault or by erosion. The term is often used interchangeably with escarpment but is more accurately associated with cliffs produced by faulting rather than those produced by erosional processes.
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