escarpment definition by Webster's New World
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- a steep slope or cliff formed by erosion or, less often, by faulting
- ground formed into a steep slope on the exterior of a fortification
Origin: French escarpement ; from escarpe: see escarp
escarpment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
- A steep slope in front of a fortification.
escarpment - Science Definition
A steep slope or long cliff formed by erosion or by vertical movement of the Earth's crust along a fault. Escarpments separate two relatively level areas of land. The term is often used interchangeably with scarp but is more accurately associated with cliffs produced by erosional processes rather than those produced by faulting.