Definition of crater noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkreɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪtər//
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  1. 1a large hole in the top of a volcano
  2. 2a large hole in the ground caused by the explosion of a bomb or by something large hitting it a meteorite crater
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting the hollow forming the mouth of a volcano): via Latin from Greek kratēr ‘mixing-bowl’, from krasis ‘mixture’.Extra examples The blast blew a gaping crater in the road. We peered over the lip of the crater into the volcano. The bomb blew a crater 80 metres across. volcanic peaks which tower above deep craters
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crater