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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Earth's crust mean? 

  The noun EARTH'S CRUST has 1 sense:

1. the outer layer of the Earth

  Familiarity information: EARTH'S CRUST used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1Earth's crust [BACK TO TOP]


The outer layer of the Earth

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Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


crust; Earth's crust

Hypernyms ("Earth's crust" is a kind of...):

layer (a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another)

Meronyms (parts of "Earth's crust"):

asthenosphere (the lower layer of the crust)

Meronyms (substance of "Earth's crust"):

sial (the granitelike rocks that form the outermost layer of the earth's crust; rich in silicon and aluminum)

sima (rock that form the continuous lower layer of the earth's crust; rich in silicon and magnesium)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Earth's crust"):

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)

Holonyms ("Earth's crust" is a part of...):

geosphere; lithosphere (the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle)

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