en·​crust | \ in-ˈkrəst How to pronounce encrust (audio) , iŋ-\
variants: or less commonly
encrusted also incrusted; encrusting also incrusting; encrusts also incrusts

Definition of encrust

transitive verb

: to cover, line, or overlay with or as if with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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Synonyms for encrust


cake, crust, rime

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Examples of encrust in a Sentence

refrigerator shelves that were encrusted with the residue of many spills

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Many in the arts and the local community are concerned about the possible post-sale demolition of the Bride building, which is entirely encrusted with striking mirrored mosaic murals by artist Isaiah Zagar. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Old City artists concerned about silence surrounding Painted Bride sales plan," 7 May 2018 Most of the rooms were encrusted with formations bulging from the walls, dripping from the ceilings and rising from the floor. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 According to Elle, only three of these luxe brushes are being made, each of which are plated in white gold and encrusted in either white diamonds, black diamonds, or rubies — hence the uh, steep $25,000 price tag. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Artis Created a $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brush," 13 Nov. 2018 Dazzling jewels encrusted on clothes, chokers, tiaras, brooches, headgear, swords and daggers capture the opulence of the Rathores. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 An Ice Cave is lined with refrigerant tubing encrusted with 70 tons of frozen water that was sculpted by a local artist. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 One of the crowns is encrusted with precious stones. Fox News, "Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat," 1 Aug. 2018 The remains of the church came to rest around a mile away as well, encrusted face up in the earth; more than 30 bodies have been found around the remains. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Where the Earth Became a River: Indonesia Quake Liquefied Solid Ground," 5 Oct. 2018 The artifacts, which date from the 17th Century, are made of gold and enamel and encrusted with beads, crystals and pearls. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Swedish crown jewels stolen from 900-year-old church by speedboat-driving thieves," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of encrust

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for encrust

probably from Latin incrustare, from in- + crusta crust

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en·​crust | \ in-ˈkrəst\
encrusted; encrusting

Kids Definition of encrust

: to cover with or as if with a crust Barnacles encrust the bottom of the boat.


transitive verb
variants: also incrust \ in-​ˈkrəst How to pronounce incrust (audio) \

Medical Definition of encrust

: to cover, line, or overlay with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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a strong desire or propensity

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