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CRAZE, v.t. [See Crush.]

1. To break; to weaken; to break or impair the natural force or energy of.

Till length of years, and sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.

2. To crush in pieces; to grind to powder; as, to craze tin.

3. To crack the brain; to shatter; to impair the intellect; as, to be crazed with love or grief.



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CRAZE, v.t. [See Crush.]

1. To break; to weaken; to break or impair the natural force or energy of.

Till length of years, and sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.

2. To crush in pieces; to grind to powder; as, to craze tin.

3. To crack the brain; to shatter; to impair the intellect; as, to be crazed with love or grief.

CRAZE, v.t. [Fr. ecraser; Sw. krossa; to break or bruise, to crush. See Crush.]

  1. To break; to weaken; to break or impair the natural force or energy of. Till length of years, / And sedentary numbness, craze my limbs. – Milton.
  2. To crush in pieces; to grind to powder; as, to craze tin.
  3. To crack the brain; to shatter; to impair the intellect; as, to be crazed with love or grief. – Shak.

Craze
  1. To break into pieces; to crush; to grind to powder. See Crase.

    God, looking forth, will trouble all his host, And craze their chariot wheels.
    Milton.

  2. To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane.

    She would weep and he would craze.
    Keats.

  3. Craziness; insanity.
  4. A crack in the glaze or enamel such as is caused by exposure of the pottery to great or irregular heat.
  5. To weaken; to impair; to render decrepit.

    [Obs.]

    Till length of years,
    And sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.
    Milton.

  6. To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery.
  7. A strong habitual desire or fancy; a crotchet.

    It was quite a craze with him [Burns] to have his Jean dressed genteelly.
    Prof. Wilson.

  8. To derange the intellect of; to render insane.

    Any man . . . that is crazed and out of his wits.
    Tilloston.

    Grief hath crazed my wits.
    Shak.

  9. A temporary passion or infatuation, as for same new amusement, pursuit, or fashion; as, the bric-a-brac craze; the æsthetic craze.

    Various crazes concerning health and disease.
    W. Pater.

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Craze

CRAZE, verb transitive [See Crush.]

1. To break; to weaken; to break or impair the natural force or energy of.

Till length of years, and sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.

2. To crush in pieces; to grind to powder; as, to craze tin.

3. To crack the brain; to shatter; to impair the intellect; as, to be crazed with love or grief.

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