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verb (used with or without object)
  1. incrust.
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Related Words

stuff, cover, fill, sully, smear, blacken, smudge, quilt, overlay, wad, bush, face, reinforce, sheath, panel, incrust, encrust, wainscot, layer, scale

Examples from the Web for encrusting

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for encrusting



  1. (tr) 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. (tr) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
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Derived Formsencrustation or 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.

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