Meaning of “escarpment” in the English Dictionary


"escarpment" in English

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escarpmentnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈskɑːp.mənt/ us /esˈkɑːrp.mənt/

Examples from literature

  • A flight of steps cut in the hillside led up to a ledge running out from an escarpment which was something above sixty feet high before giving off into the slope of the mountain. 
  • Again, if we look to any one line of cliff or escarpment, neither its summit-edge nor its base is horizontal. 
  • Between the escarpments of the second highest terrace the average width is about four or five miles. 
  • From the wooded heights of the Hampshire border to that grand headland where the hills find their march arrested by the sea, the escarpment of the Downs is sixty miles long and every mile is beautiful. 
  • Nevertheless, when I scaled a high escarpment, I could see no volcanoes within a radius of several miles. 

(Definition of “escarpment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"escarpment" in American English

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escarpmentnoun [ C ]

us /ɪˈskɑrp·mənt/

earth science a long, high area of continuous rock that has one steep side

(Definition of “escarpment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)