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crater

noun cra·ter \ ˈkrā-tər \
|Updated on: 22 Jul 2018

Definition of crater

plural craters
1 a : 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

craterlike

play \ˈkrā-tər-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of crater

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


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crater

verb

Definition of crater

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

Examples of crater in a Sentence

  1. The deal cratered when neither party could agree on the final price.

  2. Stock prices cratered after the companies' merger.

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First Known Use of crater

1884

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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crater

noun 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

CRATER Defined for English Language Learners

crater

Definition of crater for English Language Learners

  • : a large round hole in the ground made by the explosion of a bomb or by something falling from the sky

  • : the area on top of a volcano that is shaped like a bowl


crater

Definition of crater for English Language Learners

  • : to fail or fall suddenly


CRATER Defined for Kids

crater

noun cra·ter \ ˈkrā-tər \

Definition of crater for Students

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)

Medical Dictionary

crater

noun cra·ter \ ˈkrāt-ər \

medical Definition of crater

: an eroded lesion of a wall or surface
  • ulcer craters


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