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From French escarpe, from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz. Doublet of sharp.



escarp (plural escarps)

  1. The side of the ditch next to the parapet in a fortification; the scarp.


escarp (third-person singular simple present escarps, present participle escarping, simple past and past participle escarped)

  1. (transitive) To make into, or furnish with, a steep slope, like that of a scarp.
    • 1728, Daniel Defoe, Military Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton:
      Our men, though quite expos'd, and though the Glacis was all escarp'd upon the live Rock, went on with an undaunted Courage

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “escarp”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

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