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  • Craze — Craze, n. 1. Craziness; insanity. [1913 Webster] 2. A strong habitual desire or fancy; a crotchet. [1913 Webster] It was quite a craze with him [Burns] to have his Jean dressed genteelly. Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster] 3. A temporary passion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • craze — [krāz] vt. crazed, crazing [ME crasen, to crack, break < Scand, as in Dan krase, to crackle, Swed krasa, to break up] 1. Obs. to break or shatter 2. to cause to become mentally ill; make insane 3. to produce a crackled surface or small cracks… …   English World dictionary

  • crack|le — «KRAK uhl», verb, led, ling, noun. –v.i. 1. to make slight, sharp sounds: »A fire crackled in the fireplace. Twigs crackled beneath their feet. 2. to become minutely cracked, as the surface of some kinds of china or glass does; craze. 3.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Crack — (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cracked} (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cracking}.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of imitative origin …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Craze — Craze, v. i. 1. To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane. [1913 Webster] She would weep and he would craze. Keats. [1913 Webster] 2. To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crack — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. pop, rend, explode, bang; crackle; break, split, burst, cleave, fracture, crush; informal, fail, bust, break down. n. snap, break, fracture; crevice, crackle, craze, chink, flaw, cleft, rift, rent …   English dictionary for students

  • craze — /krayz/, v., crazed, crazing, n. v.t. 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. 3. Brit. Dial. to crack. 4. Archaic. to… …   Universalium

  • crack — I. verb Etymology: Middle English crakken, from Old English cracian; akin to Old High German chrahhōn to resound Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to make a very sharp explosive sound < the whip cracks through the air > 2. to break,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crack — Synonyms and related words: Daedalian, Parthian shot, above par, abrade, abrasion, abysm, abyss, account for, ace, address, adept, adroit, allegation, allegorize, alligator, answer, aperture, aphorism, apostrophe, apothegm, approach, apt, arroyo …   Moby Thesaurus

  • craze — I. verb (crazed; crazing) Etymology: Middle English crasen to crush, craze, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish krasa to crush Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete break, shatter 2. to produce minute cracks on the surface or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • craze — [c]/kreɪz / (say krayz) verb (crazed, crazing) –verb (t) 1. to impair in intellect; make insane. 2. to make small cracks on the surface of (pottery, etc.); to crackle. –verb (i) 3. to become insane. 4. to become minutely cracked, as the glaze of… …   Australian English dictionary