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[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with or without object)
1. Unabridged
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  • An encrusting compound of dirt and grease formed on the fleece.


    William H. Dooley
  • They had one place, encrusting the shore line for miles on one of the land bodies they called the Eastern Seaboard.

    The Huddlers William Campbell Gault
  • The first are workers in mosaic, encrusting a network of silk and sand; the second weave pure silk.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • Through the front opening the Stizus provides itself with sand as and when it spends this material on encrusting the interior.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • I gradually flung off the hardness that my late life of recklessness had been encrusting upon my heart.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • Still, he picked it up, and rubbed it in his hands to clear off the encrusting dirt.

  • I did not disturb her again, but stood by and watched her slowly move off with her encrusting family to a place of safety.

    Summer Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Harbury went on with that process of suppressing, encrusting, hardening, and bracing-up which Mr. Siddons had begun.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • Before dark the snow turned to rain, which froze as it fell, encrusting everything.

  • It is never found as crystals, but always as encrusting and botryoidal masses with a microcrystalline structure.

British Dictionary definitions for encrusting


(transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
(transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
Derived Forms
encrustation, incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrusting



1640s, from French incruster, from Latin incrustare "to cover with crust," from in- (see in- (2)) + crusta (see crust). Related: Encrusted; encrusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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