Definition of escarp in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈskɑːp/

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A steep bank or slope, especially that of a ditch in a fortification: the reconstruction of escarps at the fortress of Gibraltar
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  • The material of which the escarp is built is principally chalk.
  • Its escarp should be reveted with brick or stone, in order that the enemy may be compelled to form a breach in it by artillery.
  • The enemy had cleared the rubbish from the bottom of the escarp.


Late 17th century: from French escarpe, from Italian scarpa 'slope'. Compare with scarp.

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