• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. pr. & vb. n Crazing Fine cracks resulting from shrinkage on the surface of glazed pottery, concrete, or other material. The admired crackle in some Oriental potteries and porcelains is crazing produced in a foreseen and regulated way. In common pottery it is often the result of exposure to undue heat, and the beginning of disintegration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shipwreck Kelly (1885-1952) set many flagpole-sitting records. He sat for 49 days on one flagpole. He once estimated that he spent a total of over 20,000 hours sitting on flagpoles. Flagpole sitting was a craze started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929.
    • n crazing A cracking; a chink or rift.
    • n crazing In pottery, a separating of the glaze from the body, forming blisters which are easily broken.
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In literature:

The new craze for 'Nat Pinkerton and Sherlock Holmes' stories is something quite different.
"Essays on Russian Novelists" by William Lyon Phelps
We won't have a cook, or a laundress, or a school-teacher on the Island if this dressmaking craze gets started.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
They needed no wine to craze them.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
He looked at her with crazed eyes.
"An Outback Marriage" by Andrew Barton Paterson
She was not riding an Indian pony, but a crazed, high-strung horse.
"The Translation of a Savage, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
They get bitten there with the socialistic craze, and they come back and make trouble.
"Carnac's Folly, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He stared like a crazed bullock and began to sweat and twitch all over, something amazing.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
There offerings are made to him, and it was a hope of his speedy rising that started the Messiah craze in the West in 1890.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
Leaving the house of Crisostomo, he had run like one crazed, without heeding where he was going.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
Pigasov had failed in life and had adopted this whimsical craze.
"Rudin" by Ivan Turgenev

In poetry:

The news he made a messmate tell.
His ANGELINA bore it well,
No sign gave she of crazing;
But, steady as the Inchcape Rock,
His ANGELINA stood the shock
With fortitude amazing.
"The Sensation Captain" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I have been Glyn Dwr set in the vast night,
Scanning the stars for the propitious omen,
A leader of men, yet cursed by the crazed women
Mourning their dead under the same stars.
"Taliesin" by R S Thomas
And that same Bard who strews rhythmatic Daisies
And many a Female Heart discreetly crazes,
Seek him not out, fair Maid, for oftentimes
His Head is vastly Balder than his Phrases.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Like the scent of grass ascending,
Like the crazed rainfall's mercury, the foliage among,
He stupefied the bark, approached the mouth, panting,
And, halting there, upon a braid he hung.
"Margarita" by Boris Pasternak
"How did they die? I cannot bear
To think of that - it crazes me.
My mother was so sweet, so fair;
My father handsome as you see . . .
I'm sure no daughter ever had
More lovely parents . . . Yes, it's sad.
"The Locket" by Robert W Service
A poor bewildered, half-crazed crone
She died, forgotten and alone;
And some there were who stopped to scoff
When the old dame was taken off,
While the busy world went wheeling on
Scarce knowing even she was gone.
"Carrie Nation" by Willard Wattles

In news:

Television series Rod Lott Marrying Hollywood's current fairy-tale craze to the ever popular crime procedural is Grimm.
Some aspects of the gold craze provide a sense of déjà vu — especially the fear-flavored, right-wing sales pitches.
Attention-crazed fans have swapped stage dives for YouTube tributes.
I have joined the cupcake craze.
If it seems the entire fashion world has gone collaboration-crazed, you're right.
Todd has played the lovable Willis on the legendary ' Different Strokes', and ' Everybody Hates Chris's quirky, crazed ex-military man Monk.
Sex-crazed insects whip up 'bugnadoes'.
Hip-hop dance crazes of the decade.
Movie studios are hoping the 3D craze keeps going strong, but it may be waning already.
The craze, in a twist on the popular Korean video "Gangnam Style", has been dubbed "Hangmu Style", after the Chinese word for aircraft carrier .
Remember that infused-liquor craze from a few years back, the one that began with novel Absolut concoctions and then spread faster than an internet meme.
Face-eating victim Ronald Poppo told police he had no idea why a crazed, naked man attacked him back in May, savagely beating him and chewing on his face until he was blind and no longer recognizable.
Austrian farmers dip into Internet 'milking' craze.
Ritual JuiceBox explains 'cleansing' craze .
Where's the pre-Thanksgiving craze .