verb (used with object)
- to cancel, abandon, or cast aside: to crater the new project.
- to destroy or ruin: One more disappointment won't crater me.
verb (used without object)
- crassulacean acid metabolism,
- crater lake,
- crater lake national park,
- crater mound,
Origin of crater
Examples from the Web for cratering
Dell is faced with a cratering PC market as well as competitors like Amazon in the IT service industry.
It was Jan. 29, 2010, and a key step toward shutting down Gitmo was cratering.All In on Gitmo: Obama Returns to Fight for a Shutdown|Daniel Klaidman|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But Obama also inherited massive debt and a cratering economy, and military occupations are very expensive.A Strategist for the War In Afghanistan Says It’s Time to Pull Back|Eli Lake|May 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One can only imagine the chaos, the cratering economy, the emergence of all forms of social disorder.
Word Origin for crater
noun Latin genitive Crateris (ˈkreɪtərɪs)
1610s, from Latin crater, from Greek krater "bowl for mixing wine with water," from kera- "to mix," from PIE root *kere- "to mix, confuse; cook" (see rare (adj.2)). Used in Latin for bowl-shaped mouth of a volcano. Applied to features of the Moon since 1860. As a verb, from 1830 in poetry, 1872 in science. Related: Cratered; cratering.