a sexually promiscuous woman, especially a prostitute or a woman who commits adultery.
a symbol of pagan Rome or, opprobriously, of the church of Rome. Rev. 17:1–6.
(New Testament) a sinful woman described in Revelation 17, interpreted as a figure either of pagan Rome or of the Roman Catholic Church regarded as typifying vice overlaid with gaudy pageantry
any sexually promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute
A prostitute, an immoral woman, as in Malicious gossip had it that she was a scarlet woman, which was quite untrue. This expression first appeared in Revelation 17:5, describing Saint John’s vision of a woman in scarlet clothes with an inscription on her forehead, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” Some interpreters believe she stood for Rome, drunk with the blood of saints, but by about 1700 the term was being used more generally for a woman with loose morals.
noun 1. a line of cliffs formed by the faulting or fracturing of the earth’s crust; an escarpment. 2. Fortification. an escarp. verb (used with object) 3. to form or cut into a steep slope. noun 1. a steep slope, esp one formed by erosion or faulting; escarpment See also cuesta 2. (fortifications) the side […]
Scarpa Scar·pa (skär’pə), Antonio. 1752-1832. Italian anatomist and surgeon known for his studies of the ear and nerves and for his description of atherosclerosis.
verb (used without object), British. 1. to flee or depart suddenly, especially without having paid one’s bills. verb (intransitive) 1. to depart in haste noun 2. a hasty departure
noun, verb (used with object), Shipbuilding. 1. scarf2 (defs 1, 3, 4). noun, plural scarfs. 1. a tapered or otherwise-formed end on each of the pieces to be assembled with a scarf joint. 2. Whaling. a strip of skin along the body of the whale. verb (used with object) 3. to assemble with a scarf […]