- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.
Early 17th century (denoting the hollow forming the mouth of a volcano): via Latin from Greek kratēr 'mixing-bowl', from krasis 'mixture'.
The Greeks and Romans preferred to drink their wine mixed with water, and thought it very uncivilized to drink it neat. They would mix their wine in a large wide-mouthed bowl called in Greek a kratēr and in Latin a crater. English adopted this word as the term for the bowl-shaped hollow that forms the mouth of a volcano.
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Latin, from Greek, 'mixing bowl'.
- US English dictionary
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