Definition of Crater

1. Noun. A bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano.

Exact synonyms: Volcanic Crater
Specialized synonyms: Caldera, Maar
Generic synonyms: Formation, Geological Formation
Group relationships: Volcano



2. Noun. A faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Hydra and Corvus.
Generic synonyms: Constellation

3. Noun. A bowl-shaped depression formed by the impact of a meteorite or bomb.
Specialized synonyms: Collector, Lunar Crater
Generic synonyms: Depression, Natural Depression

Definition of Crater

1. n. 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.

Definition of Crater

1. Proper noun. (constellation): A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a cup. It lies between the constellations Virgo and Hydra. ¹

2. Noun. (astronomy) A hemispherical pit created by the impact of a meteorite or other object. ¹

3. Noun. (geology) 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. ¹

4. Noun. (informal) The pit left by the explosion of a mine or bomb. ¹

5. Noun. (informal) Any large, roughly circular depression or hole. ¹

6. Verb. To collapse catastrophically; implode; hollow out; to become devastated or completely destroyed. ¹

7. Verb. (snowboarding) To crash or fall. ¹

8. Noun. (Ireland informal) A term of endearment, a dote, a wretched thing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Crater

1. to form cavities in a surface [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Crater

1. The most depressed, usually central portion of an ulcer. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crater

crastination
crastinations
crataegus
crataeguses
cratch
cratches
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crateful
cratefuls
crateload
crateloads
crater (current term)
crater arc
crater face
crater lake
crater lakes
cratered
crateriform
cratering
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craterization
craterless
craterlet
craterlets
craterlike
craterous

Literary usage of Crater

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1894)
"This crater differs from such as that of Vesuvius in having no enclosing cone, being what Mr. Dana calls a •' pit crater," that is, a crater surrounded ..."

2. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes by Robert Fiske Griggs, National Geographic Society (U.S.) (1922)
"A WEIRD CLOUD-ENCIRCLED crater The clouds hung off long enough for the topographers to make the observations necessary to triangulate the crater, ..."

3. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1892)
"PHOTOGRAPHIC DISCOVERY OF A NEW crater ON THE MOON. By Professor L. WEINEK, of Prague.* On the first day of March of last year I made a thorough examination ..."

4. Text-book of Geology by Sir Archibald Geikie (1903)
"From the summit of the crater-lip they likewise dip inward toward the crater- bottom at similar angles of inclination (Fig. 56). 4. ..."

5. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1912)
"Wizard Island, crater Lake. Oregon. The first picture ever made in winter of this magnificent lake, which in the snow season is almost inaccessible crater ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Should the crater walls be too weak to resist the pressure of the molten mass, ... But if the crater be massive enough to withstand the pressure, the lava, ..."

7. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1894)
"This crater differs from such as that of Vesuvius in having no enclosing cone, being what Mr. Dana calls a •' pit crater," that is, a crater surrounded ..."

8. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes by Robert Fiske Griggs, National Geographic Society (U.S.) (1922)
"A WEIRD CLOUD-ENCIRCLED crater The clouds hung off long enough for the topographers to make the observations necessary to triangulate the crater, ..."

9. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1892)
"PHOTOGRAPHIC DISCOVERY OF A NEW crater ON THE MOON. By Professor L. WEINEK, of Prague.* On the first day of March of last year I made a thorough examination ..."

10. Text-book of Geology by Sir Archibald Geikie (1903)
"From the summit of the crater-lip they likewise dip inward toward the crater- bottom at similar angles of inclination (Fig. 56). 4. ..."

11. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1912)
"Wizard Island, crater Lake. Oregon. The first picture ever made in winter of this magnificent lake, which in the snow season is almost inaccessible crater ..."

12. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Should the crater walls be too weak to resist the pressure of the molten mass, ... But if the crater be massive enough to withstand the pressure, the lava, ..."

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