escarpment definition

  • noun:
    • A steep slope or lengthy cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two reasonably level areas of differing elevations.
    • A steep slope facing a fortification.
    • A steep descent or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; ground about a fortified location, cut away nearly vertically to prevent aggressive approach.
    • A steep lineage or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; floor about a fortified location, cut-away nearly vertically to prevent hostile strategy. See scarp.
    • In fortification, ground cut away, nearly vertically, about a posture to be able to make it inaccessible to an enemy.
    • For this reason The precipitous part of every mountain or stone; the abrupt face of increased ridge of land; a cliff.
    • a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
    • a long high slope or cliff at the side of a plateau or ridge; generally formed by erosion

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