a) A slope or wall portion of a cut excavated into unconsolidated material (regolith) or bedrock, as in a borrow pit. It may stand nearly vertical resulting from collapse as the base is undercut during excavation or by erosion, or it may be reduced by subsequent erosion to a more subdued angle by slope wash.
   Compare: cut, beveled cut, road cut.
    b) (not preferred refer to escarpment, meander scar, bluff; colloquial: western USA)
   A steep, bare slope formed by lateral migration of a stream.

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