• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scarcement (Arch. & Engin) An offset where a wall or bank of earth, etc., retreats, leaving a shelf or footing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scarcement In building, a setback in the face of a wall, or in a bank of earth; a footing or ledge formed by the setting back of a wall.
    • n scarcement In mining, a small projecting ledge left in a shaft as a temporary support for a ladder, or for some similar purpose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Scarcement (archit.) a plain set-off or projection in a wall
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escars (Fr. échars), niggardly—Low L. scarpsus=ex-carpsus, for L. excerptus, pa.p. of excerpēreex, out of, carpēre, to pick.


In literature:

The lower part of the tower has projecting scarcements in order to break up the sea.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various