crust

noun
\ ˈkrəst How to pronounce crust (audio) \

Definition of crust

1a : the hardened exterior or surface part of bread
b : a piece of this or of bread grown dry or hard
2a : the pastry shell of a pie : piecrust
b : the bready layer that forms the foundation of a pizza
3 : a hard or brittle external coat or covering: such as
a : a hard surface layer (as of soil or snow)
b : the outer part of a planet, moon, or asteroid composed essentially of crystalline rocks
c : a deposit built up on the interior surface of a wine bottle during long aging
d : an encrusting deposit (as of the eye) of dried secretions or exudate also : scab
4 : gall, nerve

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Other Words from crust

crust verb
crustal \ ˈkrə-​stᵊl How to pronounce crustal (audio) \ adjective
crustless \ ˈkrəs(t)-​ləs How to pronounce crustless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crust in a Sentence

Her children prefer to eat their sandwiches with the crust cut off. a pie with flaky crust He likes pizza with thin crust.
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Behind oxygen, silicon is the most abundant element on Earth, comprising 25.7 percent of the Earth's crust by weight. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Envision Replacing Batteries with a Molten Silicon 'Sun in a Box'," 6 Dec. 2018 Sprinkle sugar-flour mixture all over bottom of crust. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 That's lightweight compared to the average density of Earth's crust, which is 3.0 times that of water. NBC News, "Here's the scientific explanation for that 'alien spaceship' on Mars," 23 June 2018 This section of the continent is known as a shield or craton, a very old and stable portion of the continental crust. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Earthquakes Rumble Under East Antarctica Much More Frequently Than Thought," 6 June 2018 Their solution is to make a kind of pie with chicken meat pressed down into a kind of crust made of sausage. New York Times, "Red-Sauce Italian Cooking Finds a Future at Don Angie," 29 May 2018 Another instrument aboard the Europa Clipper—there will be nine total—will use radar to probe through surface to look at the depth and density of the crust and the liquid water below it. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "How NASA Will Look for Geysers (and Life) on Europa," 14 May 2018 The trail ends at Alum Bluff, the largest exposed section of the earth's crust in Florida. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Liberty County: Gorgeous views of the Apalachicola River," 7 May 2018 The shoebox space does brisk business at lunch, dispensing pork pies, sausage rolls and pâtés en croûte (pâtés baked in a pastry crust) to City desk jockeys. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of crust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for crust

Middle English crouste, cruste, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French cruste, crouste, going back to Latin crusta "hard coating or surface layer, shell of an arthropod or crustacean, mineral flake, stone slab used in paneling," perhaps, if going back to *krus-to- "something crushed or pounded into a hard layer," from a zero-grade nominal derivative of Indo-European *kreu̯s- "beat, crush, pound," whence also Old English hruse "earth, ground," Old High German roso, rosa "crust, layer of ice" (going back to Germanic *hrusōn-) — more at anacrusis

Note: The hypothetical base *krus-to- is suggested by Michiel de Vaan, Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the Other Italic Languages (Leiden: Brill, 2008), p. 147, though the older handbooks (Walde-Hoffman, Ernout-Meillet) tend to support a connection with Greek krýos "icy cold, frost" and other derivatives, going back to a presumed homonymous *krus- (see cryo-). As de Vaan points out, however, Latin crusta does not mean "ice." The original sense of the Germanic noun *hrusōn- is not certain. Greek krýstallos "ice, rock crystal" is almost certainly unrelated (see crystal entry 1).

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crust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crust

: the hard outer surface of bread
: the outside part of a pie
: the bread that is used to make a pizza

crust

noun
\ ˈkrəst How to pronounce crust (audio) \

Kids Definition of crust

1 : the hardened outside surface of bread
2 : a hard dry piece of bread
3 : the pastry cover of a pie
4 : a hard outer covering or surface layer a crust of snow
5 : the outer part of the earth

crust

noun
\ ˈkrəst How to pronounce crust (audio) \

Medical Definition of crust

2 : an encrusting deposit of serum, cellular debris, and bacteria present over or about lesions in some skin diseases (as impetigo or eczema)

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