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1. A bowl-shaped depression created by the activity of a volcano or geyser.
a. A bowl-shaped depression in a surface made by an explosion or the impact of a body, such as a meteoroid.
b. A pit; a hollow.
3. Variant of krater.
v. cra·tered, cra·ter·ing, cra·ters
To make craters in: "The missiles did not ... crater the airfield" (Tom Clancy).
1. To form a crater or craters.
2. Slang
a. To fall and crash violently from a great height.
b. To fail utterly: "talked about how tough times were in Texas since the oil business cratered" (Stephen Coonts).

[Latin crātēr, from Greek krātēr, mixing vessel; see kerə- in Indo-European roots.]


A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Corvus.

[Latin crātēr, mixing bowl, crater; see crater.]


[ˈkreɪtərd] adj [surface] → couvert(e) de cratères
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For example, if Earth weren't so dynamic, its surface would be heavily cratered like the Moon or Mercury.
The scientists then compared the sizes of existing asteroids with the sizes of the projectiles that cratered the moon, Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury eons ago.
The image was one of many returned by the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe of the planet's heavily cratered southern highlands.