craze

[kreyz]
verb (used with object), crazed, crazing.
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.
British Dialect. to crack.
4.
Archaic. to weaken; impair: to craze one's health.
5.
Obsolete. to break; shatter.
verb (used without object), crazed, crazing.
6.
to become insane; go mad.
7.
to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.
8.
Metallurgy.
a.
(of a case-hardened object) to develop reticulated surface markings; worm.
b.
(of an ingot) to develop an alligator skin as a result of being teemed into an old and worn mold.
9.
Archaic. to fall to pieces; break.
noun
10.
a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania: the newest dance craze.
11.
insanity; an insane condition.
12.
a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.
13.
Obsolete. flaw; defect.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English crasen to crush < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian krasa to shatter, crush


10. vogue, mode.
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craze (kreɪz)
 
n
1.  a short-lived current fashion
2.  a wild or exaggerated enthusiasm: a craze for chestnuts
3.  mental disturbance; insanity
 
vb
4.  to make or become mad
5.  ceramics, metallurgy to develop or cause to develop a fine network of cracks
6.  archaic, dialect or (Brit) (tr) to break
7.  archaic (tr) to weaken
 
[C14 (in the sense: to break, shatter): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krasa to shatter, ultimately of imitative origin]

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craze
mid-14c., probably from O.N. *krasa "shatter," perhaps via an O.Fr. form. Originally "to shatter;" now-obsolete metaphoric use for "break down in health" (late 15c.) led to noun sense of "mental breakdown." Extension to "mania, fad," is first recorded 1813. Original sense preserved in crazy quilt pattern.
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Example sentences
The craze spawned grand notions about virtual communities alleviating society's
  ills.
About a century ago, a new craze gripped the country's health conscious:
  mastication.
The current autism pseudo-science craze is that childhood vaccines cause autism.
The hamburger craze started about five years ago, and now every trendy new
  place has to have le hamburger on the menu.
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