Definitions for craterˈkreɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cra•terˈkreɪ tər(n.; v.)-tered, -ter•ing.

  1. (n.)the cup-shaped depression or cavity on the surface of the earth or other heavenly body marking the orifice of a volcano.

    Category: Geology

  2. (on the surface of the earth, moon, etc.) a bowl-shaped depression with a raised rim, formed by the impact of a meteoroid.

    Category: Geology, Astronomy

  3. the hole in the ground where a bomb, shell, or military mine has exploded.

  4. Category: Antiquities

    Ref: krater.

  5. (v.t.)to make a crater or craters in.

  6. (v.i.)to form a crater or craters.

Origin of crater:

1605–15; < L < Gk krātḗr mixing bowl, lit., mixer =krā-, base of kerannýnai to mix +-tēr agentive suffix


Princeton's WordNet

  1. volcanic crater, crater(noun)

    a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

  2. Crater(noun)

    a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Hydra and Corvus

  3. crater(noun)

    a bowl-shaped depression formed by the impact of a meteorite or bomb

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. crater(noun)ˈkreɪ tər

    an indented area left when sth heavy hits the ground

    craters on the moon


  1. Crater(ProperNoun)

    : A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a cup. It lies between the constellations Virgo and Hydra.

  2. Origin: Possibly a diminutive of cratur (dialect form of creature).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crater(noun)

    the basinlike 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

  2. Crater(noun)

    the pit left by the explosion of a mine

  3. Crater(noun)

    a constellation of the southen hemisphere; -- called also the Cup


  1. Crater

    Crater is a constellation. Its name is Latin for cup, and in Greek mythology it is identified with the cup of the god Apollo. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is faint, with no star brighter than third magnitude.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Crater

    The depression that forms in the positive carbon of a voltaic arc. (See Arc, Voltaic.)

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. crater

    The pit, depression, or cavity formed in the surface of the Earth by an explosion. It may range from saucer shaped to conical, depending largely on the depth of burst. In the case of a deep underground burst, no rupture of the surface may occur. The resulting cavity is termed a

Anagrams of crater

  1. tracer

  2. carter, Carter

Translations for crater

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the bowl-shaped mouth of a volcano.

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