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escarpment


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Escarpment  \Es*carp"ment\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  escarpement.] 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  escarpment 
  n  :  a  steep  artificial  slope  in  front  of  a  fortification  [syn:  {escarp}, 
  {scarp},  {protective  embankment}] 




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