from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
- n. A steep slope in front of a fortification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A steep descent or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; ground about a fortified place, cut away nearly vertically to prevent hostile approach.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A steep descent or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; ground about a fortified place, cut away nearly vertically to prevent hostile approach. See scarp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, ground cut away, nearly vertically, about a position in order to render it inaccessible to an enemy.
- n. Hence The precipitous side of any hill or rock; the abrupt face of a high ridge of land; a cliff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
- n. a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
From French escarpement. (Wiktionary)