crater

noun (1)
cra·​ter | \ ˈkrā-tər How to pronounce crater (audio) \
plural craters

Definition of crater

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the bowl-shaped depression around the orifice of a volcano
b : a depression formed by an impact (as of a meteorite)
c : a hole in the ground made by the explosion of a bomb or shell
2 : an eroded lesion
3 : a dimple in a painted surface
4 Crater, astronomy : a constellation that is visible between the constellations of Corvus and Hydra and that is represented by the figure of a cup Both the cup and the snake are here in the sky. If you have dark enough skies, you can spot the faint stars of Crater the cup and Hydra the snake to the right of Corvus.— Kevin D. Conod

crater

verb
cratered; cratering; craters

Definition of crater (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to exhibit or form craters
2 : to fail or fall suddenly and dramatically : collapse, crash the deal cratered cratering stock prices

transitive verb

: to form craters in

crater

noun (2)
cra·​ter

less common spelling of

: a jar or vase of classical antiquity having a large round body and a wide mouth and used for mixing wine and water

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Other Words from crater

Noun (1)

craterlike \ ˈkrā-​tər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce craterlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crater in a Sentence

Verb

The deal cratered when neither party could agree on the final price. Stock prices cratered after the companies' merger.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rover has also investigated two craters on Mars, Victoria and Endeavour, according to NASA. Gina Martinez, Time, "The Mars Opportunity Rover Has Defied All Odds for 15 Years. But Now, It Could Be in Danger," 6 July 2018 Curiosity sampled sites by drilling five centimeters below the surface in the Gale crater, which is where the rover landed in 2012. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars," 7 June 2018 Also explore Herculaneum and ascend Vesuvius’s volcanic crater. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 6 June 2018 The rover currently is climbing Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high peak in the crater, in the hopes of determining how the Red Planet transformed from a wet world to its current arid form. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA's Mars Curiosity rover makes new discovery, details coming Thursday afternoon," 5 June 2018 Haven't had your fill of craters, moons, and space geysers? Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: A Cruise Around Mars' Hale Crater," 2 June 2018 Scientists say steam explosions are happening about twice a day at Kilauea's main crater, producing ash plumes up to 10,000 feet high. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Nature's fury on full display as fountains of lava gush from Hawaii volcano," 24 May 2018 Officials in Hawaii are also watching for more explosive eruptions from Kilauea's summit crater, where steam buildup also has the potential to catapult large rocks at high speed. National Geographic, "Why Blue Flames Are Now Burning at Kilauea," 24 May 2018 In the community of Volcano, just north of Kilauea's crater, business was way down and people were on edge. Author: Terray Sylvester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Putnam’s poll numbers cratered, his establishment support vanished, and DeSantis ended up winning in a landslide. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and one loser from primary elections in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma," 29 Aug. 2018 But by the time Rau finished college, the recession had cratered the banking industry. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Kentucky teachers followed, shutting down some school districts to protest a pension bill signed by Gov. Matt Bevin (R). Because of tax cuts and falling oil prices, Oklahoma’s revenue has cratered, forcing it to slash state education funding. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "Oklahoma teacher walkout winds down despite lawmakers’ failure to meet demands," 12 Apr. 2018 Two long unwon wars destroyed the GOP’s reputation for sobriety in foreign affairs, and the 2008 crash cratered its reputation for economic probity. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Republicans Need to Save Capitalism," 14 Feb. 2019 The far side has a much more rugged, densely cratered appearance compared to the large, smoother maria that dominate the side of the Moon facing Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 The highest-scoring teams are suddenly struggling or in precarious positions. Leaguewide scoring—once comfortably above 24 points per team per game, an all-time high—has cratered to 23.4 points. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Soap Opera Is Ready for Its Twist Ending," 19 Dec. 2018 But in British Columbia, where small-time pot growers helped sustain rural economies as the mining and forestry industries cratered, the application period hasn’t opened yet. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed," 11 Oct. 2018 An Ohio State University survey cited three particular fake news stories that cratered Hillary Clinton's support among former Obama voters. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of crater

Noun (1)

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crater

Noun (1)

Latin, mixing bowl, crater, from Greek kratēr, from kerannynai to mix; akin to Sanskrit śrīṇāti he mixes

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crater

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crater

US, informal : to fail or fall suddenly

crater

noun
cra·​ter | \ ˈkrā-tər How to pronounce crater (audio) \

Kids Definition of crater

1 : the area around the opening of a volcano or geyser that is shaped like a bowl
2 : a hole (as in the surface of the earth or moon) formed by an impact (as of a meteorite)

crater

noun
cra·​ter | \ ˈkrāt-ər How to pronounce crater (audio) \

Medical Definition of crater

: an eroded lesion of a wall or surface ulcer craters

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