craze

verb
\ ˈkrāz \
crazed; crazing

Definition of craze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : break, shatter
2 : to produce minute cracks on the surface or glaze of crazed glass crazed pottery
3 : to make insane or as if insane crazed by pain and fear crazed addicts

intransitive verb

1 archaic : shatter, break
2 : to become insane
3 : to develop a mesh of fine cracks

craze

noun

Definition of craze (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

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Noun

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place. the current fashion style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste. a media baron used to traveling in style mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated. slim bodies are the mode at this resort vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion. short skirts are back in vogue fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion. last year's fad is over rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad. Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted

Examples of craze in a Sentence

Verb

soldiers who had been crazed by months of combat and chaos in the countryside

Noun

if history is any guide, this latest diet for losing weight is just another craze

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Investigators had been taught that crazing was indicative of fast-moving hot fires, likely caused by a flammable accelerant. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 That had never been done before and, after Oakland, never could be done, at least for crazing. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 The chemicals in these products will cause the finish to cloud and craze over time. Scot Meacham Wood, House Beautiful, "Ask a Designer: How To Decorate With the Acrylic Trend," 12 Mar. 2015 Robert Mann, an airline consultant and former American Airlines executive, said windows are periodically polished to remove crazing, the formation of tiny cracks in the acrylic windows from exposure to chemicals and the sun’s rays. Mark Gillispie And David Koenig, BostonGlobe.com, "Southwest plane with cracked window diverted to Cleveland," 2 May 2018 Becker then built a stout wire fence around his reservation and lived in peace until last week when a killer whale, or orca, arrived and so harried the sea lions that, crazed with fright, the lions smashed down his fence and swarmed his lighthouse. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Reporter Randy Shilts announces he has AIDS, 1993," 7 Feb. 2018 While the other characters explore romance and sexuality, Jamal explores desperation, getting increasingly crazed by the episode. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Rolling Deep With The On My Block RollerWorld Conspiracy," 28 Mar. 2018 Lesser clay bricks that might be used for construction of walls often craze and crumble after several winters in contact with soil. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram, "Great garden-path options to ponder," 1 Nov. 2017 In a nation as soccer-crazed yet World Cup-deprived as Peru has been, this is an absolutely massive deal. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Peru's President Told Public Workers to Leave Work at 4 PM to Watch Crucial World Cup Qualifier," 10 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Analysts say the beauty craze has subsided, as brands compete with fashion and technology for women’s wallets. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Ulta Has Cracked Beauty’s Secret," 21 Dec. 2018 Some fans suffering from Timmy withdrawal were sated when Hot Summer Nights, a 90's-era romp shot before the CMBYN craze took shape, landed in theaters. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Did Timothée Chalamet Spend 2018? We’re So Glad You Asked," 10 Dec. 2018 With prices starting at $8 (shout out to It Cosmetics’s confetti poppers!), beauty product ornaments could be the next big gift-giving craze. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018 The whole craze started back in May 2016, when a high school senior named Michael Senatore swaggered onto a stage and successfully flipped and landed a water bottle on a table during his school's annual talent show. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the key to performing the flipping water bottle trick," 8 Oct. 2018 The current bucket craze owes something to the Prada fall 2018 men’s runway, where models wore colorful variations of this classic design. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Move over fedora, the bucket hat is back," 16 Aug. 2018 For example, during New York Fashion Week in 2016—as the lip-filler craze was picking up steam, thanks in large part to Jenner—a photo of Ugandan model Aamito Lagum featured on MAC's Instagram went viral. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "Having Big Lips Was a Choice for Kylie Jenner—but Not for Me," 10 July 2018 The goat yoga craze which has seen programs pop up around the country is coming to Oswego. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Goat yoga — yes, this is a thing — coming to Oswego," 17 May 2018 The plus-size craze spurred many of these improvements, but performance has improved without weight gain for a ride that’s more versatile and forgiving than ever. Outside Online, "The Best Mountain Bikes of 2018," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of craze

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for craze

Verb and Noun

Middle English crasen to crush, craze, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish krasa to crush

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craze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a period of time

craze

noun
\ ˈkrāz \

Kids Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a short while

craze

verb
\ ˈkrāz \
crazed; crazing

Medical Definition of craze

transitive verb

: to make insane or as if insane crazed by pain and fear

intransitive verb

: to become insane

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