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ESCARPMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does escarpment mean? 

ESCARPMENT (noun)
  The noun ESCARPMENT has 2 senses:

1. a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
2. a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification

  Familiarity information: ESCARPMENT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ESCARPMENT (noun)


Sense 1escarpment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

escarpment; scarp

Hypernyms ("escarpment" is a kind of...):

incline; side; slope (an elevated geological formation)


Sense 2escarpment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A steep artificial slope in front of a fortification

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

escarp; protective embankment; escarpment; scarp

Hypernyms ("escarpment" is a kind of...):

fortification; munition (defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it)


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