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crater

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noun cra·ter \ˈkrā-tər\

Definition of crater

  1. 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. 2 :  an eroded lesion

  3. 3 :  a dimple in a painted surface

craterlike

play \ˈkrā-tər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of crater in a sentence

  1. Scientists believe the enormous crater was created by the impact of a meteorite thousands of years ago.

  2. We flew over the crater of the volcano in a helicopter.

Origin and Etymology of crater

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


First Known Use: 1613


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crater

verb cra·ter

Definition of crater

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to exhibit or form craters

  3. 2 :  to fail or fall suddenly and dramatically :  collapse, crash <the deal cratered> <cratering stock prices>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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.

1884

First Known Use of crater

1884


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crater

noun cra·ter \ˈkrā-tər, krä-ˈter\

variant of

  1. :  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

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crater

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noun cra·ter \ˈkrā-tər\

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


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crater

verb cra·ter

Definition of crater for English Language Learners

  • : to fail or fall suddenly


CRATER Defined for Kids

crater

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noun cra·ter \ˈkrā-tər\

Definition of crater for Students

  1. 1 :  the area around the opening of a volcano or geyser that is shaped like a bowl

  2. 2 :  a hole (as in the surface of the earth or moon) formed by an impact (as of a meteorite)


Medical Dictionary

crater

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noun cra·ter \ˈkrāt-ər\

Medical Definition of crater

  1. :  an eroded lesion of a wall or surface <ulcer craters>



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