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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Recent Examples on the Web With in seconds the cheese begins to melt, the sauce begins to bubble and the thin crust begins to crisp. al, "Mobile restaurant group opens area’s first Blaze Pizza," 20 May 2020 Delicious, even if the load was a little much for the crust to bear. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Flourchild, a new pizza place in downtown Milwaukee, starts as a pop-up while restaurant is built," 19 May 2020 But there’s also the volcanic rock below that, the crust itself. Quanta Magazine, "Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun," 13 May 2020 These were bacterial mats, deriving their energy from chemicals emanating from the planet’s crust instead of from sunlight. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 The crust is made with saltine crackers (Ritz work, too), sugar and butter, and the filling is just egg yolks, condensed milk and lemon or lime juice. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "21 Quarantine Baking Recipes for Every Skill Level," 7 May 2020 During that period Earth's magnetic field reversed a couple of times at irregular intervals, leaving telltale magnetic stripes in the oceanic crust. William W. Sager, Scientific American, "Giant Volcano Rewrites the Story of Seafloor Formation," 1 May 2020 The lid is removed during the last 15 minutes so the crust gets crisp. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "4 ingredient bread recipe is easy and there is no need to knead," 19 Apr. 2020 Upon arrival in our solar system, additional heat from our heavier, brighter sun reached deep through the crust and liberated residual ice, the thinking goes. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "A new ’Oumuamua theory could mean many more interstellar visitors are headed our way," 14 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crust. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for crust

crust

noun
How to pronounce crust (audio)

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)

Other Words from crust

crust verb

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