- to derange or impair the mind of; make insane: He was crazed by jealousy.
- to make small cracks on the surface of (a ceramic glaze, paint, or the like); crackle.
- British Dialect. to crack.
- Archaic. to weaken; impair: to craze one's health.
- Obsolete. to break; shatter.
- to become insane; go mad.
- to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.
- (of a case-hardened object) to develop reticulated surface markings; worm.
- (of an ingot) to develop an alligator skin as a result of being teemed into an old and worn mold.
- Archaic. to fall to pieces; break.
- a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania: the newest dance craze.
- insanity; an insane condition.
- a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.
- Obsolete. flaw; defect.
Origin of craze
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Examples from the Web for crazing
This is the reverse of crazing and is caused by the glaze being too large for the body.The Potter's Craft
Charles F. Binns
Have her appear like an adventuress, drawing Rafael on, tearing him from his mother's arms after crazing him with love?The Torrent
Vicente Blasco Ibaez
It was all crazing him, and his nails bit into his palms as he sat there, silent and heavy-breathed.The Law of Hemlock Mountain
Next he looked about him for some shelter from the scorching and crazing sunshine.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty
J. W. de Forest
But how can I believe she does when I see that it is breaking her poor heart, and crazing her brain, and killing her?Her Mother's Secret
Emma D. E. N. Southworth
- a short-lived current fashion
- a wild or exaggerated enthusiasma craze for chestnuts
- mental disturbance; insanity
- to make or become mad
- ceramics metallurgy to develop or cause to develop a fine network of cracks
- (tr) British archaic, or dialect to break
- (tr) archaic to weaken
Word Origin and History for crazing
mid-14c., crasen, craisen "to shatter," probably Germanic and perhaps ultimately from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Old Norse *krasa "shatter"), but entering English via an Old French form (cf. Modern French écraser). Original sense preserved in crazy quilt pattern and in reference to pottery glazing (1832). Mental sense perhaps comes via transferred sense of "be diseased or deformed" (mid-15c.), or it might be an image. Related: Crazed; crazing.
late 15c., "break down in health," from craze (v.) in its Middle English sense; this led to a noun sense of "mental breakdown," and by 1813 to the extension to "mania, fad," or, as The Century Dictionary (1902) defines it, "An unreasoning or capricious liking or affectation of liking, more or less sudden and temporary, and usually shared by a number of persons, especially in society, for something particular, uncommon, peculiar, or curious ...."