- a steep slope; specif., an escarpment or cliff extending along the edge of a plateau, mesa, etc.
- the inner slope of a ditch below a rampart
Origin of scarpItalian scarpa, a scarp, slope from Gothic an unverified form skrapa, akin to Old English scræf, cave, hollow from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerb(h)-, variant, variety of base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear
- to make or cut into a steep slope
- to provide with a scarp