encrust

verb
en·crust | \in-ˈkrəst, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for encrust

Synonyms

cake, crust, rime

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of encrust in a Sentence

refrigerator shelves that were encrusted with the residue of many spills

Recent Examples on the Web

The crowns of the title — there are five — look like antique versions of astronaut headgear: gilded copper helmets, each studded with gems, encrusted with repoussé plaques, and topped by five-pronged antennas — the vajra or thunderbolt of wisdom. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 The rings also come in gold, encrusted with gems and symbols like the evil eye or a sunburst. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "David Yurman Is Making Bright, Cheerful Pinkie Rings," 11 July 2018 Another example would be Opening Ceremony x Tevas, which produced colorful creepers or Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock, which produced rhinestone encrusted Birks (wallflowers need not apply). Liz Raiss, GQ, "This Summer's Best Sandals Got the Big Ugly Sneaker Treatment," 4 July 2018 Along the Waterline, the solo exhibit by photographer Cohen, included abstract images of often worn boat hulls encrusted with the evidence of the past seasons sitting on cradles in boatyards. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018 Sporting the fashion house's cultish acrylic booties and an abbreviated pearl encrusted dress, the actress opted for a shimmering oceanic spin on the classic smoky eye in deepest navy. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Pulls an Airport-to–Red Carpet Transformation in Cannes," 10 May 2018 Each artist’s work employs the impasto technique, in which paint straight from the tube, by paint stick, or by finger is applied, slathered, or encrusted in a technique that makes the application process part of the art. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, "For the birds: Music and poetry honor avian life," 23 Mar. 2018 Along the Waterline, the solo exhibit by photographer Cohen, included abstract images of often worn boat hulls encrusted with the evidence of the past seasons sitting on cradles in boatyards. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018 Along the Waterline, the solo exhibit by photographer Cohen, included abstract images of often worn boat hulls encrusted with the evidence of the past seasons sitting on cradles in boatyards. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'encrust.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about encrust

Statistics for encrust

Last Updated

18 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for encrust

The first known use of encrust was in 1596

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for encrust

encrust

verb
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.

encrust

transitive verb
en·crust
variants: also incrust \in-ˈkrəst \

Medical Definition of encrust 

: to cover, line, or overlay with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on encrust

What made you want to look up encrust? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!