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definition of the word crater

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First coined 1613, from Latin crater (basin) < Ancient Greek κρατήρ (kratēr), mixingbowl, wassail-bowl) < κράμα (krama), mixture) < κεράννυμι (kerannumi), to mix, to mingle).

Singular
crater

Plural
craters

crater (plural craters)

  1. (astronomy) A hemispherical pit created by the impact of a meteorite or other object.
  2. (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.
  3. (informal) The pit left by the explosion of a mine or bomb.
  4. (informal) Any large, roughly circular depression or hole.

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