Scarp Definition

skärp
scarps
noun
scarps
A steep slope; specif., an escarpment or cliff extending along the edge of a plateau, mesa, etc.
Webster's New World
The inner slope of a ditch below a rampart.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
escarpmentprotective embankmentescarp
verb
scarps
To make or cut into a steep slope.
Webster's New World
To provide with a scarp.
Webster's New World
other
A continuous line of cliffs produced by vertical movement of the Earth's crust along a fault or by erosion. The term is often used interchangeably with escarpment but is more accurately associated with cliffs produced by faulting rather than those produced by erosional processes.
American Heritage Science
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Other Word Forms of Scarp

Noun

Singular:
scarp
Plural:
scarps

Origin of Scarp

  • Italian scarpa slope perhaps of Germanic origin sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Aphetic form of escarp.

    From Wiktionary

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