• WordNet 3.6
    • v craze develop a fine network of cracks "Crazed ceramics"
    • v craze cause to go crazy; cause to lose one's mind
    • n craze a fine crack in a glaze or other surface
    • n craze an interest followed with exaggerated zeal "he always follows the latest fads","it was all the rage that season"
    • n craze state of violent mental agitation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Craze (Ceramics) A crack in the glaze or enamel such as is caused by exposure of the pottery to great or irregular heat.
    • Craze A strong habitual desire or fancy; a crotchet. "It was quite a craze with him [Burns] to have his Jean dressed genteelly."
    • Craze 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."
    • Craze Craziness; insanity.
    • Craze 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 ."
    • Craze 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."
    • Craze To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery.
    • Craze To derange the intellect of; to render insane. "Any man . . . that is crazed and out of his wits.""Grief hath crazed my wits."
    • Craze To weaken; to impair; to render decrepit. "Till length of years,
      And sedentary numbness, craze my limbs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A few years back, a Chinese soap hit it big with consumers in Asia. It was claimed in ads that users would lose weight with Seaweed Defat Scented Soap simply by washing with it. The soap was sold in violation to the Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and was banned. Reportedly, the craze for the soap was so great that Japanese tourists from China and Hong Kong brought back large quantities. The product was also in violation of customs regulations. In June and July 1999 alone, over 10,000 bars were seized.
    • craze To break; burst; break in pieces.
    • craze To crack or split; open in slight cracks or chinks; crackle; specifically, in pottery, to separate or peel off from the body: said of the glaze. See crazing, 2.
    • craze To become crazy or insane; become shattered in intellect; break down.
    • craze To break; break in pieces; crush: as, to craze tin.
    • craze To make small cracks in; produce a flaw or flaws in, literally or figuratively.
    • craze To disorder; confuse; weaken; impair the natural force or energy of.
    • craze To derange the intellect of; dement; render insane; make crazy.
    • n craze A crack in the glaze of pottery; a flaw or defect in general.
    • n craze Insanity; craziness; any degree of mental derangement.
    • n craze An inordinate desire or longing; a passion.
    • n craze 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; a passing whim: as, a craze for old furniture, or for rare coins or heraldry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Craze krāz to weaken: to derange (applied to the intellect):
    • v.i Craze to become mad
    • n Craze a crack or flaw: insanity
    • v.t Craze krāz (obs.) to break
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Sw. krasa, Dan. krase, to crackle; whence also Fr. écraser, to crush.


In literature:

After swearing by Voltaire they have gone back to spirituality and mysticism, the last drawing-room craze.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
It is but a few years since the craze for the Angora cat started.
"Concerning Cats" by Helen M. Winslow
It inflamed my ardor, and half crazed my brain, and even influenced my conduct.
"The Room in the Dragon Volant" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
But from these crazing thoughts my brain, escape!
"Lyrical Ballads 1798" by William Wordsworth
Crazed and reeling she stumbled and ran along, pausing now and again to press her throbbing head, then running on again like one possessed.
"Pee-wee Harris" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
We knew what that sort of craze leads to.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
They had been discussing, of all things in the world, the futurist craze in painting.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
Lux, like one crazed, suddenly rushed headlong away between the trees and down the hill.
"Maezli" by Johanna Spyri
But from these crazing thoughts my brain, escape!
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth" by (Edited by William Knight)
That family seemed to have a craze for American girls; but Lord Mountstuart makes an exception of me.
"The Powers and Maxine" by Charles Norris Williamson

In poetry:

To sea I gazed, and then I turned
Stricken toward the shore,
Praying half-crazed to a moon that burned
Above your door.
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
With Louis' chance it went not well
When at herself she raged;
A woman, of whom men might tell
She doted, crazed and aged.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
She came and stood in the Old South Church,
A wonder and a sign,
With a look the old-time sibyls wore,
Half-crazed and half-divine.
"In The "Old South"" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hark! how the balmy notes are raised
But to fall in a golden gush;
O, fool, whom a poet's lore has crazed,
Have you never heard the thrush?
"A Spirit Is Singing A Song" by Alexander Anderson
"Hoarse ranters, crazed Fifth Monarchists,
Of stripes and bondage braggarts,
Pale Churchmen, with singed rubrics snatched
From Puritanic fagots.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Crazed with her grief she moves
Along the banks of the frost-charmed rills,
And all the hollows of the wooded hills,
Searching for her lost loves.
"The Death of Autumn" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa less than two months away, soccer-crazed New Yorkers have likely booked their tickets to Cape Town .
Casper Slide was released in 1996 and instantly became a new dance craze.
Thinking of tapping into the trendy food-cart craze.
In 1960, Chubby Checker launched a dance craze and stormed the pop music charts with "The Twist.".
But (somewhat) brave souls can try out the bright hair craze without committing to a full head of Crayola-worthy color.
Unlike the "pet rock" craze of past years, these rocks aren't keepers.
'Yogurt bars' open in NYC amid Greek yogurt craze .
Google's Top Tech Searches Show Craze For iPad 3, Samsung Galaxy S3 And iPad Mini.
Getting stuck on the duct tape craze .
How to Turn Your Startup into the Next Campus Craze .
The Greek yogurt craze is sweeping the country, and Gov Andrew Cuomo is hoping to make New York the yogurt capital of the world.
Black Friday craze takes over the city of Amarillo.
Austrian farmers dip into Internet 'milking' craze .
Charlie Rosen, Austin Moorhead, Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Colin Cohen comprise The Craze , the onstage "skiffle" band that pumps out Grant Olding's rhythmic Tony Award-nominated Best Score in Broadway's One Man, Two Guvnors.
The Stock Market's Coffee Craze .