[ kreyz ]
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verb (used with object),crazed, craz·ing.
  1. to derange or impair the mind of; make insane: He was crazed by jealousy.

  2. to make small cracks on the surface of (a ceramic glaze, paint, or the like); crackle.

  1. British Dialect. to crack.

  2. Archaic. to weaken; impair: to craze one's health.

  3. Obsolete. to break; shatter.

verb (used without object),crazed, craz·ing.
  1. to become insane; go mad.

  2. to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.

  1. Metallurgy.

    • (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.

  2. Archaic. to fall to pieces; break.

  1. a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania:the newest dance craze.

  2. insanity; an insane condition.

  1. a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.

  2. Obsolete. flaw; defect.

Origin of craze

1325–75; Middle English crasen to crush <Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian krasa to shatter, crush

Other words for craze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use craze in a sentence

  • A little crazing is no detriment to tile because they are not like vessels which are meant to hold water.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • Both of these formulae are bisilicates and each being properly fired, will stand, without crazing, on the same body.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • In the former case the crazing does not always appear at once and it grows worse upon standing.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • Crazing also occurs when both body and glaze are correctly fired but there is an inherent disagreement in expansion.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • I will not suffer him to wander through my land crazing the people with his tales of dreams and visions.

    The Ghost Kings | H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for craze


/ (kreɪz) /

  1. a short-lived current fashion

  2. a wild or exaggerated enthusiasm: a craze for chestnuts

  1. mental disturbance; insanity

  1. to make or become mad

  2. ceramics metallurgy to develop or cause to develop a fine network of cracks

  1. (tr) British archaic, or dialect to break

  2. (tr) archaic to weaken

Origin of craze

C14 (in the sense: to break, shatter): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krasa to shatter, ultimately of imitative origin

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