Definition of encrust in English:

encrust

(also incrust)

verb

[with object]
  • Cover or decorate (something) with a hard surface layer.

    ‘the mussels encrust navigation buoys’
    • ‘Washing out her blood encrusted hair, she watched the dirty brown stains run down the bath floor, in twisted patterns, that stuck in some places.’
    • ‘Outcrops of these green sandstone ledges are so encrusted with fossil oysters that they look like rubble from ancient middens.’
    • ‘Steep sloping walls and cascading waterfalls of coral encrusted the features like a blanket of molten lava.’
    • ‘The rim of the windowpane was encrusted with snow.’
    • ‘Every surface is encrusted in sponges, corals and weed.’
    • ‘The corners of his mouth were still encrusted with chocolate from his cookies.’
    • ‘They are covered in encrusting life and soft corals and often surrounded by big pollack and schooling fish.’
    • ‘Though the island is of volcanic origin, corals have encrusted her flanks and over the millennia these have built reefs, growing farther and farther out to sea.’
    • ‘There is a good covering of marine life, and many rocks are encrusted by a hard pink growth.’
    • ‘The fronts were encrusted with dried mud, collected over the years.’
    • ‘A shoal of silvery pollack hurried away above some huge boulders covered in brilliant pink and red encrusting algae.’
    • ‘When I arrived, and removed my glasses to take my helmet off, I found I could see much better without them thanks to the ice crystals encrusting the lenses.’
    • ‘A thick layer of ice encrusted the surface of the dark water.’
    • ‘The dull grey concrete of the flats was coated in a layer of thick slimy mould and the windows were encrusted with smog fumes.’
    • ‘It was hard to tell of course considering the state of him, hard to see beyond the filth that encrusted his body and clothing.’
    • ‘Salt crystals encrust your shoes and coat your pants cuffs, and you begin to think your own cells are turning to salt.’
    • ‘That gritty feeling in my eyes, as if the lids were encrusted with sand; it would pass.’
    • ‘This is probably the most colourful zone of our inshore waters and rocks are often a warm, pinkish-purple colour, thanks to encrusting algae.’
    • ‘Being in such shallow water, the coral encrusted wreck is a mini-ecosystem in itself and snorkeling here is like being in a large aquarium.’
    • ‘Once it takes hold it encrusts boat hulls and propellers, and chokes pipes and aquaculture.’
    cover, face, surface, veneer, inlay, laminate
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘cause to form a crust’): from French incruster or encroûter, both from Latin incrustare, from in- ‘into’ + crusta ‘a crust’.

Pronunciation

encrust

/ɪnˈkrʌst//ɛnˈkrʌst/