American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cover or coat with or as if with a crust: tires encrusted with dried mud; legalities that were encrusted with tradition.
- v. To decorate by inlaying or overlaying with a contrasting material: encrust wood paneling with ivory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See incrust, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To incrust. See incrust.
- v. decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
- v. cover or coat with a crust
- v. form a crust or a hard layer
- Latin incrustare, from crusta 'a crust'. (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from French incruster, from Latin incrustāre : in-, on; see en-1 + crusta, crust; see kreus- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That was the message I got from readers after last week's column on how those retailer "rewards" cards increasingly fill our wallets and encrust our key chains.”
“You think this, and are ready to encrust yourself with what is conventional and practical.”
“But concerns have emerged that salt in the seawater could damage machinery, clog pipes and encrust fuel rods, making it difficult for them to cool.”
“But concerns have emerged that salt could damage machinery, clog pipes and encrust fuel rods, complicating efforts to cool them.”
“Cult of Mac explains, "Instead of paying $40,000 for a Swarovski iPhone 4, two Australian businessmen paid customizer Stuart Hughes eight million dollars to plate their iPhone 4s in gold and then encrust them in over five hundred diamonds totaling over 100 karats.”
“As to why the state thought it so important to evict my family and me on Prokhorov's NBA schedule, so he could encrust his plaything with diamonds, is something that speaks for itself.”
“The ocean, that needs my forgiveness as much as Nikolai, as much as the grains of sand that encrust my skin and still remember the great mountains;”
“Then, I'll convert all that hair into diamonds, and encrust Beethoven's skull with them.”
“In other words, since artistic taste is completely subjective, arts organizations are more likely encrust arbitrary operational procedures with the force of tradition, and less likely to break out of old habits.”
“But that presents another opportunity: I hike down to the rocks and with the help of a screwdriver chip off and pry open some of the coin-size oysters that encrust them.”
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