1A large, bowl-shaped cavity in the ground or on the surface of a planet or the moon, typically one caused by an explosion or the impact of a meteorite or other celestial body.
- As a result, the ground is littered with craters from asteroid impacts.
- The blast left an enormous crater, and the impact tunneled really deep.
- The oddest thing is that the missiles, while being tremendously destructive of human life, left quite small craters in the ground.
1.1A large pit or hollow forming the mouth of a volcano.
- Other ephemeral lakes develop in volcanic craters or collapsed caldera systems.
- Vesuvius is a stratovolcano that grew within the breached crater of Monte Somma volcano.
- During the last several days smoke, ash and vapor have been spewing from the crater of the volcano in western Colima state.
1.2A cavity or hole in any surface.
- The goopy surface is pocked with craters where bubbles burst.
- First, acid etching of the electrode surfaces produces tiny cavities and craters that greatly expand the surface area across which a static charge can be held.
- Microscopic bumps and craters on the painted surface tend to attract and contain dirt.
2A large bowl used in ancient Greece for mixing wine.
- There were marble craters (mixing bowls) and candelabra, statuary, busts, reliefs, column capitals and bases, and 60 to 70 marble column shafts.
- To judge from the scenes of drinking painted on Greek vessels, the crater stood on the floor beside the couches on which the drinkers reclined.
- He gestured at the Greeks, who produced a crater and a pair of silver goblets.
verb[with object] Back to top
Form a crater in (the ground or a planet): he has the offensive power to crater the enemy’s runways (as adjective cratered) the heavily cratered areas of the moon
More example sentences
- We saw places along the shoreline where the ground was cratered, trees flung aside in broken rows.
- The first hundred yards of the tunnel were the worst - the road was heavily cratered, and our vehicles bucked and shuddered wildly, spraying snowmelt into the blackness.
- The heavily cratered surface seems different from other comets we've seen up close.
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