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See craze.


crase (third-person singular simple present crases, present participle crasing, simple past and past participle crased)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To break in pieces; to crack.
    • Chaucer
      The pot was crased.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for crase in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



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crase f (plural crases)

  1. (linguistics) crasis (contraction of a vowel at the end of a word with the start of the next word)

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crase f (plural crases)

  1. Assimilation of sounds of two identical vowels, throughout the evolution process of a language. For instance, the Old Portuguese word door (pain) has become, with time, the word dor (pain). Compare elisão: elision.
  2. (grammar) Name given to the process of the contraction of “a + a”, that is, a merge (assimilation) of the Portuguese preposition “a” [to, for] + the article “a” [the].

Usage notes[edit]

The article a has feminine gender in Portuguese. Accordingly, both it and the contraction à are used only before feminine words. The translation of à into English, hence, is to the. It is a common mistake for people to write "a" when they should write "à" and vice-versa.

Related terms[edit]

crasear – v.
craseado – adj.
à, às, ao, aos, àquele, àqueles, àquela, àquelas