Meaning of escarpment


Pronunciation: (i-skärp'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. a long, precipitous, clifflike ridge of land, rock, or the like, commonly formed by faulting or fracturing of the earth's crust. Cf. scarp (def. 1).
  2. ground cut into an escarp around a fortification or defensive position.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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