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scarp

[skahrp] /skɑrp/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; < Italian scarpa a slope. See escarp
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scarp

/skɑːp/
noun
1.
a steep slope, esp one formed by erosion or faulting; escarpment See also cuesta
2.
(fortifications) the side of a ditch cut nearest to and immediately below a rampart
verb
3.
(transitive; often passive) to wear or cut so as to form a steep slope
Word Origin
C16: from Italian scarpa
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Word Origin and History for scarps
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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scarps in Science
scarp
  (skärp)   
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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