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From Middle English crasen ‎(to crush, break, break to pieces, shatter, craze), from Old Norse *krasa ‎(to shatter). Cognate with Danish krase ‎(to crack, crackle), Swedish krasa ‎(to crack, crackle), Norwegian krasa ‎(to shatter, crush), Icelandic krasa ‎(to crackle).



craze ‎(plural crazes)

  1. Craziness; insanity.
  2. A strong habitual desire or fancy; a crotchet.
  3. A temporary passion or infatuation, as for same new amusement, pursuit, or fashion; as, the bric-a-brac craze; the aesthetic craze.
  4. (ceramics) A crack in the glaze or enamel caused by exposure of the pottery to great or irregular heat.

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craze ‎(third-person singular simple present crazes, present participle crazing, simple past and past participle crazed)

  1. To weaken; to impair; to render decrepit.
    • Milton
      Till length of years, / And sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.
  2. To derange the intellect of; to render insane.
    • Tillotson
      any man [] that is crazed and out of his wits
    • Shakespeare
      Grief hath crazed my wits.
  3. To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane.
    • Keats
      She would weep and he would craze.
  4. (transitive, intransitive, archaic) To break into pieces; to crush; to grind to powder. See crase.
    • Milton
      God, looking forth, will trouble all his host, / And craze their chariot wheels.
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery.