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escarp Line breaks: es¦carp
Pronunciation: /ɪˈskɑːp/

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Definition of escarp in English:


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 cordon on the top of the revetement of the escarp is a considerable obstacle to the besiegers.
  • The escarps in this system are better covered, while nevertheless their height is ample.
  • 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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