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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.]
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[ˈkreɪtərd] adj [surface] → couvert(e) de cratères
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Although most of the asteroid is heavily cratered, about 40 percent of Eros' surface appears devoid of craters smaller than 0.5 kilometer in radius.