Meaning of craze

craze

Pronunciation: (krāz), [key]
— v., n. crazed, craz•ing,
—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. to crack.
  4. to weaken; impair: to craze one's health.
  5. to break; shatter.
—v.i.
  1. to become insane; go mad.
  2. to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.
    1. (of a case-hardened object) to develop reticulated surface markings; worm.
    2. (of an ingot) to develop an alligator skin as a result of being teemed into an old and worn mold.
  3. to fall to pieces; break.
—n.
  1. a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania: the newest dance craze.
  2. insanity; an insane condition.
  3. a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.
  4. flaw; defect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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