Scarp vs Dip - What's the difference?

scarp | dip |

As nouns the difference between scarp and dip

is that scarp is the steep artificial slope below a fort's parapet while dip is .

As a verb scarp

is (earth science|geography|transitive) to cut, scrape, erode, or otherwise make into a scarp or escarpment.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(wikipedia scarp) (en noun)
  • the steep artificial slope below a fort's parapet
  • (geology) a cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge caused by erosion; the steeper side of an escarpment
  • * 2014, (Paul Salopek), Blessed. Cursed. Claimed. , National Geographic (December 2014)[]
  • Sweating under the sun, we scale the barren eastern scarp of the Great Rift Valley (Area B), edging carefully around controversial, razor-wired Israeli settlements (Area C).


    (en verb)
  • (earth science, geography, transitive) to cut, scrape, erode, or otherwise make into a scarp or escarpment
  • to scarp the face of a ditch or a rock
    From scarped cliff and quarried stone. — Tennyson.
    Sweep ruins from the scarped mountain. — Emerson.


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) dippen, from (etyl) dyppan, from (etyl) , Dutch dopen, German taufen.


    (en noun)
  • A lower section of a road or geological feature.
  • There is a dip in the road ahead.
  • Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.
  • The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid.
  • * Glover
  • the dip of oars in unison
  • A tank or trough where cattle or sheep are immersed in chemicals to kill parasites.
  • A dip stick.
  • A swim, usually a short swim to refresh.
  • I'm going for a dip before breakfast.
  • (colloquial, dated) A pickpocket.
  • * 1906 , Fred L. Boalt, " The Snitcher", McClure's Magazine v.26, p.633
  • The Moocher was a "dip " in a dilettante sort of way, and his particular graft was boarding street-cars with his papers and grabbing women's pocket-books.
  • A sauce for dipping.
  • This onion dip is just scrumptious.
  • (geology) The angle from horizontal of a planar geologic surface, such as a fault line.
  • (archaic) A dipped candle.
  • (Marryat)
    Derived terms
    * lucky dip


  • To lower into a liquid.
  • Dip your biscuit into your tea .
  • * 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
  • He dipped the end of a towel in cold water and with it began to flick him on the face, his wife all the while holding her face between her hands and sobbing in a way that was heart breaking to hear.
  • To immerse oneself; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink.
  • * Coleridge
  • The sun's rim dips ; the stars rush out.
  • (of a value or rate) To decrease slightly.
  • To lower a light's beam.
  • Dip your lights as you meet an oncoming car.
  • To lower (a flag), particularly a national ensign, to a partially hoisted position in order to render or to return a salute. While lowered, the flag is said to be “at the dip.” A flag being carried on a staff may be dipped by leaning it forward at an approximate angle of 45 degrees.
  • “The sailor rushed to the flag hoist to dip the flag in return.”
  • To treat cattle or sheep by immersion in chemical solution.
  • The farmer is going to dip the cattle today.
  • To use a dip stick to check oil level in an engine.
  • To consume snuff by placing a pinch behind the lip or under the tongue so that the active chemical constituents of the snuff may be absorbed into the system for their narcotic effect.
  • To immerse for baptism.
  • (Fuller)
  • * Charles Wheatly, A rational illustration of the Book of Common Prayer
  • during the reigns of King James and King Charles I, there were but very few children dipped in the font.
  • To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten.
  • * Milton
  • A cold shuddering dew / Dips me all o'er.
  • To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.
  • * Dryden
  • He was dipt in the rebellion of the Commons.
  • To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; often with out .
  • to dip''' water from a boiler; to '''dip out water
  • To perform the action of plunging a dipper, ladle. etc. into a liquid or soft substance and removing a part.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Whoever dips too deep will find death in the pot.
  • To engage as a pledge; to mortgage.
  • * Dryden
  • Live on the use and never dip thy lands.
  • To perform (a bow or curtsey) by inclining the body.
  • To incline downward from the plane of the horizon.
  • Strata of rock dip .
    Derived terms
    * dipper * you don't dip your pen in company ink

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • A foolish person.
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