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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.
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).
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Corvus.
[Latin crātēr, mixing bowl, crater; see crater.]
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