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[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
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Examples from the web for encrust
  • White salt crystals encrust almost any solid object in contact with north-arm water.
  • These mussels encrust docks and boats, and can get into engine cooling systems causing overheating and damage.
  • Galvanized pipe can encrust with scale over the years.
  • Zebra mussels attach to and encrust native organisms, essentially smothering them and removing more animals from the food chain.
  • In many areas, zebra mussels encrust the bottom, making it difficult to determine the sediment texture.
  • The first is to clean up the site, compact loose surfaces and encrust exposed dust which would be available for emission.
British Dictionary definitions for encrust


(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 encrust

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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