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scarcement

[skairs-muh nt]
noun
  1. a footing or ledge formed by a setoff in a wall.
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Origin of scarcement

1495–1505; obsolete scarce to lessen (verbal derivative of scarce) + -ment
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Historical Examples of scarcement

  • A few feet beneath this scarcement the shaft resumes its usual shape.

    A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines

    Andrew Ure


British Dictionary definitions for scarcement

scarcement

noun
  1. a ledge in a wall
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Word Origin for scarcement

C16: probably from obsolete sense of scarce to reduce + -ment
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