Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cover or coat with or as if with a crust: tires encrusted with dried mud; legalities that were encrusted with tradition.
  • transitive v. To decorate by inlaying or overlaying with a contrasting material: encrust wood paneling with ivory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cover with a hard crust.
  • v. To inset or affix decorative materials upon a surface

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To incrust. See incrust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See incrust, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
  • v. cover or coat with a crust
  • v. form a crust or a hard layer

Etymologies

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)
Latin incrustare, from crusta 'a crust'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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, too, can trim down that hefty wallet

  • You think this, and are ready to encrust yourself with what is conventional and practical.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • 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.

    U.S. Takes Bigger Role in Cooling Operation

  • But concerns have emerged that salt could damage machinery, clog pipes and encrust fuel rods, complicating efforts to cool them.

    Reactors Had High Rate of Problems

  • 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."

    Most Expensive iPhone 4 EVER Is Encrusted With Over 500 Diamonds (PHOTOS)

  • 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.

    Daniel Goldstein: I Never Promised to Be an Ineffectual Martyr

  • 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;

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Then, I'll convert all that hair into diamonds, and encrust Beethoven's skull with them.

    Lather, rinse, (exposition) repeat

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • 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.

    Seoul

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