a footing or ledge formed by a setoff in a wall.
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Origin of scarcement
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Historical Examples of scarcement
A few feet beneath this scarcement the shaft resumes its usual shape.
a ledge in a wall
Word Origin for scarcement
C16: probably from obsolete sense of scarce to reduce + -ment
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