Word of the Day – Escarpment

By February 25, 2020 Word of the Day

Escarpment (noun)

es-karp-ment

A long, steep slope, especially one at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights.

Early 19th century from French escarpement, escarpe ‘scarp’, from Italian scarpa ‘slope’. Compare with scarp.

Example sentences

“The surrounded escarpments made the place feel like an amphitheatre.”

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