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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crust, Earth's crustnoun

    the outer layer of the Earth

  2. crust, incrustation, encrustationnoun

    a hard outer layer that covers something

  3. crust, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshnessverb

    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

  4. crustverb

    form a crust or form into a crust

    "The bread crusted in the oven"


  1. crustnoun

    A more solid, dense or hard layer on a surface or boundary.

  2. crustnoun

    The external layer of most types of bread.

  3. crustnoun

    Outer layer composed of pastry

  4. crustnoun

    Bread foundation of pizza

  5. crustnoun

    The outermost layer of the lithosphere of the Earth.

  6. crustnoun

    Nerve, gall.

    You've got a lot of crust standing there saying that.

  7. crustverb

    To cover with a crust.

  8. crustverb

    To form a crust.

  9. Etymology: crusta via and cruste.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRUSTnoun

    Etymology: crusta, Latin.

    I have known the statue of an emperor quite hid under a crust of dross. Joseph Addison, on Ancient Medals.

    Were the river a confusion of never so many different bodies, if they had been all actually dissolved, they would at least have formed one continued crust; as we see the scorium of metals always gathers into a solid piece. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The viscuous crust stops the entry of the chyle into the lacteals. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    He was never suffered to go abroad, for fear of catching cold: when he should have been hunting down a buck, he was by his mother’s side learning how to season it, or put it in crust. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 462.

    Th’ impenetrable crust thy teeth defies,
    And petrify’d with age, securely lies. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. v.

    Y’ are liberal now; but when your turn is sped,
    You’ll wish me choak’d with every crust of bread. Dryden.

    Men will do tricks, like dogs, for crusts. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Crustverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Why gave you me a monarch’s soul,
    And crusted it with base plebeian clay. John Dryden, Span. Fryar.

    Nor is it improbable but that, in process of time, the whole surface of it may be crusted over, as the islands enlarge themselves, and the banks close in upon them. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    And now their legs, and breasts, and bodies stood
    Crusted with bark, and hard’ning into wood. Addison.

    In some, who have run up to men without education, we may observe many great qualities darkened and eclipsed; their minds are crusted over, like diamonds in the rock. Henry Felton.

    If your master hath many musty, or very foul and crusted bottles, let those be the first you truck at the next alehouse. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Butler.

  3. To Crustverb

    To gather or contract a crust; to gain a hard covering.

    I contented myself with a plaister upon the place that was burnt, which crusted and healed in very few days. William Temple.


  1. crust

    Crust generally refers to the hard exterior or outer layer of various objects or substances. The term is most commonly used in geology referring to Earth's outermost layer, or in food to describe the outer layer of baked goods like bread, pies, or pizza. The meaning of 'crust' can slightly vary depending on the context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crustnoun

    the hard external coat or covering of anything; the hard exterior surface or outer shell; an incrustation; as, a crust of snow

  2. Crustnoun

    the hard exterior or surface of bread, in distinction from the soft part or crumb; or a piece of bread grown dry or hard

  3. Crustnoun

    the cover or case of a pie, in distinction from the soft contents

  4. Crustnoun

    the dough, or mass of doughy paste, cooked with a potpie; -- also called dumpling

  5. Crustnoun

    the exterior portion of the earth, formerly universally supposed to inclose a molten interior

  6. Crustnoun

    the shell of crabs, lobsters, etc

  7. Crustnoun

    a hard mass, made up of dried secretions blood, or pus, occurring upon the surface of the body

  8. Crustnoun

    an incrustation on the interior of wine bottles, the result of the ripening of the wine; a deposit of tartar, etc. See Beeswing

  9. Crustnoun

    to cover with a crust; to cover or line with an incrustation; to incrust

  10. Crustverb

    to gather or contract into a hard crust; to become incrusted

  11. Etymology: [L. crusta: cf. OF. crouste, F. crote; prob. akin to Gr. ice, E. crystal, from the same root as E. crude, raw. See Raw, and cf. Custard.]


  1. Crust

    In geology, the crust is the outermost solid shell of a rocky planet or natural satellite, which is chemically distinct from the underlying mantle. The crusts of Earth, our Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Io, and other planetary bodies have been generated largely by igneous processes, and these crusts are richer in incompatible elements than their respective mantles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crust

    krust, n. the hard rind or outside coating of anything: the outer part of bread: covering of a pie, &c.: (geol.) the solid exterior of the earth.—v.t. to cover with a crust or hard case.—v.i. to gather into a hard crust.—adj. Crustāt′ed, covered with a crust.—n. Crustā′tion, an adherent crust.—adv. Crust′ily.—n. Crust′iness.—adj. Crust′y, of the nature of or having a crust, as port or other wine: having a hard or harsh exterior: hard: snappy: surly. [O. Fr.,—L. crusta, rind.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CRUST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crust is ranked #72568 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crust surname appeared 268 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Crust.

    94.4% or 253 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crust in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of crust in a Sentence

  1. Aldous Huxley:

    The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.

  2. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    If you've been there or seen pictures, you know how barren that landscape is, in terms of fundamental nutrient availability of carbon and nitrogen, these things are tough to get your hands on when you're in a biological soil crust.

  3. Pizza Hut:

    That crust is fantastic. Love that crust. as all good companies do, there’s a point where you have to evolve and what we looked at with this opportunity and our new menu was that evolution.

  4. Bette Davis:

    To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to seat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. As everyone else, I love to dunk my crust in it. But alone, it is not a diet designed to keep body and soul together.

  5. Natsue Abe:

    The second aim is we want to investigate the boundary between the oceanic crust and the mantle, the third one is we want to know how the oceanic crust formed.

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