v. crazed, craz·ing, craz·es
1. To cause to become mentally deranged or obsessed.
2. To produce a network of fine cracks in the surface or glaze of.
1. To become mentally deranged or obsessed.
2. To become covered with fine cracks.
1. A short-lived popular fashion; a fad.
2. A fine crack in a surface or glaze.
[Middle English crasen, to shatter, of Scandinavian origin.]
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