Definition of craze in English:


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Pronunciation: /kreɪz



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  • 2Produce a network of fine cracks on (a surface): the loch was frozen over but crazed with cracks
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    • From a distance, it could be plaster of Paris, but up close there is no mistaking the fine, crazed lines of human skin.
    • Tap the shells with the back of a spoon to craze them, then peel.
    • The works feature bits of architecture, coloured blobs over the top and crazed, raised surfaces of paint, all lovingly laid down on miniature rectangles of MDF.
  • 2.1 [no object] Develop fine cracks: internal stresses often caused the glue to craze
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    • Such contact can cause crazing - the development of small cracks - in the material.
    • They will cause the plastic to craze with minute cracks.
    • In addition, Roma found that Makrolon will craze, but the cracks won't propagate all the way through the material.


late Middle English (in the sense 'break, produce cracks'): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish krasa 'crunch'.

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