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 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, "Radio Wave Breakthrough Helps Stabilize Fusion Reactions," 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, "To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy," 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, "Six of the Strangest Guns Ever Made," 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, "“The Lighthouse” Is Salted with Madness," 18 Oct. 2019 The Democratic case for impeachment and removal is now heavily encrusted with clichés, widely accepted by the media, meant to give their indictment additional weight. Rich Lowry, National Review, "15 Flaws in Adam Schiff’s Case," 27 Jan. 2020 Solid black shards encrusted on his skull contained proteins common in brain tissue, he and a team of colleagues found, and had undergone vitrification and transformed into glass. Washington Post, "Mount Vesuvius eruption was so hot it turned one victim’s brain into glass, researchers say," 23 Jan. 2020 There were so many beads encrusted on it that the dress made quite a racket as Dame Kiri trailed across the stage. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018 The New Year doesn’t really begin until the Waterford crystal-encrusted ball drops in Times Square. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square for Free—and Without Cable: New Year’s Eve 2020," 31 Dec. 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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16 May 2020

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“Encrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrust. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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