incrustation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n incrustation a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay
    • n incrustation a hard outer layer that covers something
    • n incrustation the formation of a crust
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incrustation (Arch) A covering or inlaying of marble, mosaic, etc., attached to the masonry by cramp irons or cement.
    • Incrustation A crust or hard coating of anything upon or within a body, as a deposit of lime, sediment, etc., from water on the inner surface of a steam boiler.
    • Incrustation (Fine Arts) Anything inlaid or imbedded.
    • Incrustation The act of incrusting, or the state of being incrusted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incrustation The act of incrusting; the act of covering or lining with any foreign substance; the state of being incrusted.
    • n incrustation A crust or coat of anything on the surface of a body; a covering, coating, or scale, as of mineral substances deposited by a spring or stream, or by the water in a steam-boiler; an efflorescence, as of salt or soda on the surface of the ground.
    • n incrustation An inlaying of anything, as a plaque, tile, lacquer, veneer, mosaic, or the like, into or upon the surface, as of a cabinet, mantelpiece, etc.
    • n incrustation An incrusted or inlaid object or substance.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incrustatio,: cf. F. incrustation,. See Incrust

Usage

In literature:

Calcareous incrustations, including fragments of madrepores, and of shells, cemented by splintery carbonate of lime.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
It's just the same principle as those lime springs that incrust things with lime.
"Old Gorgon Graham" by George Horace Lorimer
They seem to be incrusted in a shell that we are unable to pierce.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
In incrusted steam boilers, at a temperature ranging from 212 deg.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 484, April 11, 1885" by Various
Visiters are in the habit of leaving various articles, which, by the ensuing season, thus become incrusted.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 333" by Various
They were deeply incrusted with rust.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Two half-naked children incrusted with dirt were playing on the floor.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
Then perhaps he allows to himself that he really does care a little, and he loses some of his incrustation of vanity.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
Tongue black and incrusted.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
He felt that a moral leprosy incrusted him, which repelled the good, and kept aloof the prudent.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
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In poetry:

While miles of tender pink and gold
Incrust the blue of space,
And bands of amethyst enfold
Each mountain's massive base.
"The Mountains Of Meran At Sunrise" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

In so many arid forms which States incrust themselves with, once in a century, if so often, a poetic act and record occur.
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