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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Examples of encrust in a Sentence

refrigerator shelves that were encrusted with the residue of many spills
Recent Examples on the Web That last one was a rare find that triggered all kinds of childhood memories from an era where parents used Corn Flakes to encrust chicken, top casseroles and make desserts. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 25 Aug. 2020 The sand particles that encrust the crystals give these pieces wonderful texture. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, 23 June 2020 Like many American holidays, it is now encrusted with humbug and commercialism. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 5 May 2020 The ring's 18-karat beige gold band is also encrusted with diamonds, making the piece incredibly sparkly. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Dec. 2019 Instead of the smooth exterior of a tokamak, stellarators are encrusted with hundreds of strange cylinders and rectangular compartments for magnets. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 May 2020 The protein is encrusted in sugars known as glycans, which camouflage the virus from the human immune system, as healthy human cells are covered in the same glycans. Sophia Chen, Wired, 8 Apr. 2020 Steel mills, after the molten metal was poured from their kilns, found the enormous vats encrusted with slag, which is the stony residue that results when metal is melted out of its ore. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 18 Mar. 2020 Dafoe remains in his element, and there’s a startling moment in which he is shown, or imagined, as a kind of Triton, encrusted with barnacles and shells. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of encrust was in 1596

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“Encrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrust. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for encrust


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 encrust (audio) \

Medical Definition of encrust

: to cover, line, or overlay with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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