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encrust

[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
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  • Harbury went on with that process of suppressing, encrusting, hardening, and bracing-up which Mr. Siddons had begun.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Sponge small, encrusting, without branches, hard but brittle; its structure somewhat loose; colour dirty white.

  • An encrusting compound of dirt and grease formed on the fleece.

    Textiles 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
British Dictionary definitions for encrusting

encrust

/ɪnˈkrʌst/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
2.
to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
3.
(transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
Derived Forms
encrustation, incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrusting

encrust

v.

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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