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Webster 1913 Edition


Craze

Craze

(krāz)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Crazed
(krāzd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Crazing
.]
[OE.
crasen
to break, fr. Scand., perh. through OF.; cf. Sw.
krasa
to crackle,
slå i kras
, to break to pieces, F.
écraser
to crush, fr. the Scand. Cf.
Crash
.]
1.
To break into pieces; to crush; to grind to powder. See
Crase
.
God, looking forth, will trouble all his host, And
craze
their chariot wheels.
Milton.
2.
To weaken; to impair; to render decrepit.
[Obs.]
Till length of years,
And sedentary numbness,
craze
my limbs.
Milton.
3.
To derange the intellect of; to render insane.
Any man . . . that is
crazed
and out of his wits.
Tilloston.
Grief hath
crazed
my wits.
Shakespeare

Craze

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane.
She would weep and he would
craze
.
Keats.
2.
To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery.

Craze

,
Noun.
1.
Craziness; insanity.
2.
A strong habitual desire or fancy; a crotchet.
It was quite a
craze
with him [Burns] to have his Jean dressed genteelly.
Prof. Wilson.
3.
A temporary passion or infatuation, as for same new amusement, pursuit, or fashion; a fad;
as, the bric-a-brac
craze
; the æsthetic
craze
.
Various
crazes
concerning health and disease.
W. Pater.

Webster 1828 Edition


Craze

CRAZE

,
Verb.
T.
[See Crush.]
1.
To break; to weaken; to break or impair the natural force or energy of.
Till length of years, and sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.
2.
To crush in pieces; to grind to powder; as, to craze tin.
3.
To crack the brain; to shatter; to impair the intellect; as, to be crazed with love or grief.

Definition 2021


craze

craze

English

Alternative forms

  • crase, craise, craize (dialectal)

Noun

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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Verb

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.

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