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French escarpe, from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz.


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.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)