- Fortification. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart.
- any similar steep slope.
- to make into an escarp; give a steep slope to; furnish with escarps.
Origin of escarp
1680–90; < French, Middle French escarpe < Italian scarpa < Germanic; see scarp
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Examples from the Web for escarp
They have no ditches, but an escarp of ten feet in the lava.The Life of Gordon, Volume I
Demetrius Charles Boulger
Its principal use is to secure the escarp as long as possible.
The escarp of Lunette 53 was successfully breached by this method.
The ladders were thrown down, but they were quickly again raised against the escarp.Our Soldiers
In fortification, a projecting turret on the top of the escarp, whence a sentry may observe the outside of the rampart.
- fortifications the inner side of the ditch separating besiegers and besiegedCompare counterscarp
- a rare word for scarp (def. 3)
C17: from French escarpe; see scarp
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Word Origin and History for escarp
"steep slope," 1680s, from French escarpe (16c.), from Italian scarpa (see scarp).
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