[ ih-skahrp ]
/ ɪˈskɑrp /


Fortification. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart.
any similar steep slope.

verb (used with object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for escarp

/ (ɪˈskɑːp) /


fortifications the inner side of the ditch separating besiegers and besiegedCompare counterscarp


a rare word for scarp (def. 3)

Word Origin for escarp

C17: from French escarpe; see scarp
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