encrust

verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

Examples of encrust in a Sentence

refrigerator shelves that were encrusted with the residue of many spills
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Word History

Etymology

probably from Latin incrustare, from in- + crusta crust

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of encrust was in 1596

Dictionary Entries Near encrust

Cite this Entry

“Encrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrust. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

encrust

verb
en·​crust
variants also incrust
in-ˈkrəst
1
: to cover with a crust
2
: to form a crust

Medical Definition

encrust

transitive verb
en·​crust
variants also incrust
: to cover, line, or overlay with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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