scarp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scarp a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
    • n scarp a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scarp (Her) A band in the same position as the bend sinister, but only half as broad as the latter.
    • Scarp A steep descent or declivity.
    • Scarp (Fort) The slope of the ditch nearest the parapet; the escarp.
    • v. t Scarp To cut down perpendicularly, or nearly so; as, to scarp the face of a ditch or a rock. "From scarped cliff and quarried stone.""Sweep ruins from the scarped mountain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scarp Milit., to cut down (a slope), so as to render it impassable.
    • n scarp In fortification, the interior talus or slope of the ditch, next the place at the foot of the rampart; hence, any sharp, steep slope. See cut under parapet.
    • n scarp Same as escarpment, 2.
    • n scarp A shoulder-belt or scarf: the word is found only in the Middle English form sharpe, and in the heraldic use (def. 2): otherwise in the later form scarf. See scarf.
    • n scarp In heraldry, a diminutive of the bend sinister, having one half its breadth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scarp skärp (her.) a diminutive of the bend sinister, half its width:
    • n Scarp skärp (fort.) any steep slope (same as Escarp)
    • v.t Scarp to cut down a slope so as to render it impassable
    • n Scarp skärp (obs.) a shoulder-belt.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escharpe,. See 2d Scarf
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escarpe, escharpe: cf. Scarf (1).

Usage

In literature:

It seemed a solitary flame, night around it and a sweep of scarped earth.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Elaine had followed to the scarp, where she watched till he disappeared.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The front was covered with a nullah 20 feet wide and 8 feet deep, with the usual high banks, which were scarped so as to form a parapet.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
At length I reached the scarp of the cliff, and having climbed out upon the prairie, soon stood over the carcass of the prong-horn.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The first up, on clearing the scarp, have their eyes upon the Dutchman.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
They advanced in walls, and the leeward scarp of these walls was of mathematical exactness.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
The mesa bench dropped sharply down a bare shale scarp to the willows growing near the river.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The route follows the profile of the mountain, winding in and out along its rugged face, scarped and blasted so as to form the road.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The sheer face of the scarp fell away beneath them, plunging down to the tiny trees and rocks below.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
He was again clambering over the scarped cliffs of Stone Mountain; beside him Plutina.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
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In poetry:

The phantom mist, that is moonbeam-kissed,
On hills where the trees are thinned,
When Autumn leans at the oak-root's scarp,
Playing a harp
Of wind.
"A Threnody" by Madison Julius Cawein
Cagliari e` fatta di case giallastre,
Come un branco d'agnelle a un monte appese;
E scivolan le scarpe sulle lastre
Delle sue strade ripide e scoscese.
"Cagliari" by Ferdinando Fontana
Over scarp, over fen,
over gully and glen
I have gone on the feet of the breeze,
ever meaning to find
an abode for my mind
in the mountains and valleys and seas.
"The Solitary" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
The sands are green with a mirage of valleys;
The palm tree casts a shadow not its own;
Down the long architrave of temple or palace
Blows a cool air from moorland scarps of stone.
"Death of the Bird " by A D Hope
"So, out of the trenches, with features set,
On that hot, still morning, in measured pace,
Our column climbed; climbed higher yet,
Past the fauss'bray, scarp, up the curtain-face,
And along the parapet.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Tribune contributing columnist Mark Scarp shares his opinion on issues in the East Valley.
Scarp is a contributing columnist for the Tribune.
Another view of a suspected fault scarp near Yakima where USGS paleoseismologist Brian Sherrod suspects a more recent history of earthquake activity than once thought.
A 20-ton loader is tearing up the east shore of California's Aramburu Island, knocking down a seven-foot scarp to make way for an oyster shell beach.
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