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

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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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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 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

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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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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 \

Medical Definition of encrust 

: to cover, line, or overlay with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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