crust

The crust is a hard layer that forms on the outside of something, like a loaf of bread. Little kids often like their sandwiches with the crust cut off.

You’ve probably eaten lots of crusts — bread crust, pie crust — any food that’s hard on the outside and soft on the inside has a crust. Crust is also a verb meaning “to form a hard outer layer.” Crusting happens with more than just food, like when a layer of dirt crusts your clothes after a romp in the mud. The Earth has a hard crust too. Little kids don’t like to eat that either, usually.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: crust

1
nv
a hard outer layer that covers something
form a crust or form into a crust
2
n
the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: crust
1

n a hard outer layer that covers something

Synonyms:
encrustation, incrustation
Types:
calculus, tartar, tophus
an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
Type of:
cover, covering, natural covering
a natural object that covers or envelops

n the outer layer of the Earth

Synonyms:
Earth's crust
Types:
horst
a ridge of the earth's crust that has been forced upward between two faults and so is higher than the surrounding land
crustal plate, plate
a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
Type of:
layer
a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another

v form a crust or form into a crust

“The bread crusted in the oven”
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
2

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

Synonyms:
cheekiness, freshness, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence
Types:
chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah
(Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
Type of:
discourtesy, rudeness
a manner that is rude and insulting
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