crust´less

crust´less
crust «kruhst», noun, verb.
–n.
1. the hard, outside part of bread: »

Baking makes the crust hard and dry to protect the crumb inside.

2. a) a piece of this: »

The boy was told to eat the crusts of his sandwich.

b) any hard, dry piece of bread.
3. the rich dough rolled out thin and baked for pies: »

A rich, flaky crust covered the top of the apple pie.

4. a) any hard outside covering: »

The frozen crust on the snow was thick enough for us to walk on.

b) the hard outer shell of an animal or plant: »

the crust of a lobster.

c) Informal, Figurative. impudence; effrontery; gall: »

He had a lot of crust shooting his bazoo off when it wasn't any skin off his teeth (James T. Farrell).

5. the solid outer layer of the earth: »

When the earth's crust is subjected to a local stress, it appears to behave like a brittle material (Scientific American).

6. a scab.
7. a solid deposit on the inner surface of wine bottles; beeswing.
–v.t.
1. to cover with or as if with a crust; encrust: »

The rocks were crusted with lichen.

2. to form into a crust; harden: »

the dirt of half a century, crusted on the glass (Wilkie Collins).

3. to hunt (deer or other game) on the crust of snow.
–v.i.
to form or become covered with a cru: »

By the next day the snow had crusted over.

[probably < Old French crouste < Latin crusta rind]
crust´less, adjective.
crust´like´, adjective.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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