Definition of "crater" []

  • A bowl-shaped depression at the mouth of a volcano or geyser. (noun)
  • A bowl-shaped depression in a surface made by an explosion or the impact of a body, such as a meteoroid. (noun)
  • A pit; a hollow. (noun)
  • Variant of krater. (noun)
  • To make craters in: "The missiles did not . . . crater the airfield” ( Tom Clancy). (verb-transitive)
  • The bowl-shaped opening at the top or side of a volcano or top of a geyser through which lava and gases are emitted (noun)

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  • A similarly shaped depression formed by the impact of a meteorite or exploding bomb (noun)
  • Any of the circular or polygonal walled formations covering the surface of the moon and some other planets, formed probably either by volcanic action or by the impact of meteorites. They can have a diameter of up to 240 kilometres (150 miles) and a depth of 8900 metres (29 000 feet) (noun)
  • A pit in an otherwise smooth surface (noun)
  • A large open bowl with two handles, used for mixing wines, esp in ancient Greece (noun)
  • To make or form craters in (a surface, such as the ground) (verb)
  • To fail; collapse; crash (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "crater" in a sentence
  • "But isn't there a part of you that wishes that the shiny bottom of the crater is actually the exposed hull of the planet-sized interstellar spacecraft that has been waiting inside it's rocky camouflage for millions of years for intelligent life to discover and re-activate it?"
  • "If, however, it does break through, the newly-opened terrestrial stream generally flows in such a quiet and well-defined course, that the deep valley, which we term the crater, remains accessible"
  • "The crater from the Ranger impact is not well defined in the existing film database, especially as it appears at the boundary between two framelets."