[skairs-muh nt]


a footing or ledge formed by a setoff in a wall.

Origin of scarcement

1495–1505; obsolete scarce to lessen (verbal derivative of scarce) + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scarcement



a ledge in a wall

Word Origin for scarcement

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