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[kruhs-tl] /ˈkrʌs tl/
of or relating to a crust, as of the earth.
Origin of crustal
1855-60; < Latin crūst(a) shell, crust + -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crustal
  • His team's computer models are based on the idea that the floor of the basin was pre-stressed by years of crustal deformation.
  • crustal subduction, for example, does not occur at lake shores.
  • Its crest is a volcanic rift zone, where crustal plates spread apart and molten rock erupts to form new seafloor.
  • Those are somehow causes by crustal deformation, but the specific mechanism isn't understood yet.
  • Geodetic data is used to determine the crustal deformation and its potential effect on the faults.
  • crustal composition will also affect the depth at which this zone occurs.
British Dictionary definitions for crustal


of or relating to the earth's crust
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