scarp

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Etymology[edit]

Aphetic form of escarp.

Noun[edit]

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scarp (plural scarps)

  1. the steep artificial slope below a fort's parapet
  2. (geology) a cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge caused by erosion; the steeper side of an escarpment
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)[1]
      Sweating under the sun, we scale the barren eastern scarp of the Great Rift Valley (Area B), edging carefully around controversial, razor-wired Israeli settlements (Area C).

Verb[edit]

scarp (third-person singular simple present scarps, present participle scarping, simple past and past participle scarped)

  1. (earth science, geography, transitive) to cut, scrape, erode, or otherwise make into a scarp or escarpment
    to scarp the face of a ditch or a rock
    From scarped cliff and quarried stone. — Tennyson.
    Sweep ruins from the scarped mountain. — Emerson.

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