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 glaze of <
crazed glass
3. to make insane or as if insane <
crazed by pain and fear
intransitive verb 1. archaic shatter, break 2. to become insane 3. to develop a mesh of fine cracks II. noun Date: 1812 1. an exaggerated and often transient enthusiasm ; mania <
the latest craze in music
2. a crack in a surface or coating (as of glaze or enamel) Synonyms: see fashion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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