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 Mothers with fingers still encrusted with glitter lingered in the parking lot to hopefully question our decision, but the Sheriffs deputy escorted us safely to our cars. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Out of town judges are always a good idea," 10 Oct. 2019 And those conditions are routinely found, including mold and mildew in meat cutting rooms, live birds in retail areas, employees who don’t wash their hands and meat slicers encrusted with old food. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Penn Dutch-type germs are common in supermarkets, but the state rarely tests for them," 4 Oct. 2019 The McIlhenny family fortune is hidden in barrels black with age, encrusted with salt and draped in cobwebs. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Tabasco's homeland fights for survival in Louisiana against storms and rising seas," 27 Jan. 2018 The station, a fortresslike compound, stands about 2 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, which is marked here by a rusty, 20-foot-tall steel fence encrusted with coils of razor wire. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It," 16 Aug. 2019 For the spring-summer presentations, fashion house, Alice + Olivia sent models down the runway in braids encrusted in prismatic pearls. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Braids Take Top Spot As Biggest Hair Trend At NYFW," 11 Sep. 2019 To match the mood of her look, Graham called in the beauty dream of hairstylist Justine Marjan—who created her blingy jewel and bow encrusted braid—and makeup artist Kate Synott who added green eyeshadow to match her lapel. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Watch Supermodel Ashley Graham Get Met Gala Gorgeous with Dapper Dan," 8 May 2019 Much of its surface is encrusted with minerals that precipitated out of the seawater over eons, coating the lava at the excruciatingly slow rate of 1 centimeter or less every 1 million years. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 Saturday, Cardi hit the main stage in a multicolored jumpsuit, blue eyeliner, and a jewel encrusted ponytail that sparkled in the spotlight. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Cardi B Came Through Made In America Festival Dripping In A Jewel Ponytail," 3 Sep. 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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29 Nov 2019

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“Encrust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrust?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=encrus01. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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.
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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