• (British) IPA: /ˈkɹeɪ.tə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɹeɪ.tɚ/

crater (plural craters)

  1. (astronomy) A hemispherical pit created by the impact of a meteorite or other object. [from 1831]
    Synonyms: astrobleme
  2. (geology) The basin-like opening or mouth of a volcano, through which the chief eruption comes; similarly, the mouth of a geyser, about which a cone of silica is often built up. [from 1610s]
  3. (informal) The pit left by the explosion of a mine or bomb. [from 1839]
  4. (informal, by extension) Any large, roughly circular depression or hole.
  5. (historical) Alternative spelling of krater
    • 1941, Louis MacNeice, The March of the 10,000:
      The people of those parts lived in underground houses - more of dug-outs - along with their goats and sheep and they had great craters full of wine, barley-wine, that they drank through reeds.
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crater (craters, present participle cratering; past and past participle cratered)

  1. To form craters in a surface (of a planet or moon)
  2. To collapse catastrophically; to become devastated or completely destroyed.
    Synonyms: implode, hollow out
    The economy is about to crater. -- Attributed by David Letterman to Sen. John McCain. NYTimes blog ↗
  3. (snowboarding) To crash or fall.
    He cratered into that snow bank about five seconds after his first lesson.
  • (Ireland) IPA: /ˈkɹeː.təɹ/

crater (plural craters)

  1. (Scotland, Irish) Alternative form of creature#English|creature.
    • 1872, Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree
      Then why not stop for fellow-craters -- going to thy own father's house too, as we be, and knowen us so well?

Proper noun
  1. (constellation) A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a cup. It lies between the constellations Virgo and Hydra.
  • French: Coupe
  • German: Becher
  • Russian: Чаша
  • Spanish: Crater

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