One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steep bank or slope, especially that of a ditch in a fortification.‘the reconstruction of escarps at the fortress of Gibraltar’
cliff face, steep cliff, rock face, sheer drop, cliff, crag, bluff, height, escarpment, scarp, scarView synonyms
- ‘The enemy had cleared the rubbish from the bottom of the escarp.’
- ‘The cordon on the top of the revetement of the escarp is a considerable obstacle to the besiegers.’
- ‘The material of which the escarp is built is principally chalk.’
- ‘Its escarp should be reveted with brick or stone, in order that the enemy may be compelled to form a breach in it by artillery.’
- ‘The escarps in this system are better covered, while nevertheless their height is ample.’
Late 17th century: from French escarpe, from Italian scarpa ‘slope’. Compare with scarp.
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