Crust Crust (kr?st), n. [L. crusta: cf. OF. crouste, F. cro[^u]te; prob. akin to Gr. ????? ice, E. crystal, from the same root as E. crude, raw. See {Raw}, and cf. {Custard}.] 1. The hard external coat or covering of anything; the hard exterior surface or outer shell; an incrustation; as, a crust of snow. [1913 Webster]

I have known the statute of an emperor quite hid under a crust of dross. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Below this icy crust of conformity, the waters of infidelity lay dark and deep as ever. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. (Cookery) (a) The hard exterior or surface of bread, in distinction from the soft part or crumb; or a piece of bread grown dry or hard. (b) The cover or case of a pie, in distinction from the soft contents. (c) The dough, or mass of doughy paste, cooked with a potpie; -- also called {dumpling}. [1913 Webster]

Th' impenetrable crust thy teeth defies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

He that keeps nor crust nor crumb. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

They . . . made the crust for the venison pasty. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geol.) The exterior portion of the earth, formerly universally supposed to inclose a molten interior. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The shell of crabs, lobsters, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Med.) A hard mass, made up of dried secretions blood, or pus, occurring upon the surface of the body. [1913 Webster]

6. An incrustation on the interior of wine bottles, the result of the ripening of the wine; a deposit of tartar, etc. See {Beeswing}. [1913 Webster]

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