Definition of escarpment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈskɑːpmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɑːrpmənt//
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a steep slope that separates an area of high ground from an area of lower ground The clay lowlands are flanked by steep chalk escarpments. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French escarpement, escarpe ‘scarp, a very steep slope’, from Italian scarpa ‘slope’. Compare with scarp.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: escarpment