- Also called impact crater, meteorite crater . a large bowl-shaped depression on the surface of the earth or other heavenly body, formed by the impact of a meteorite.Compare astrobleme.
- a similar depression or cavity that forms the opening of a volcano or geyser. The volcanic activity that creates such craters occurs on the surface of the earth as well as a number of other heavenly bodies.
- to cancel, abandon, or cast aside: to crater the new project.
- to destroy or ruin: One more disappointment won't crater me.
- to collapse, plunge, or fail suddenly; crash: The company’s stock has cratered 35% this year.
Origin of crater
OTHER WORDS FROM cratercra·ter·al, cra·ter·ous, adjectivecra·ter·like, adjectivein·ter·cra·ter, adjective
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How to use crater in a sentence
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
If the Republican presidential nominee abandons Ryan, there will be plenty more cratering to come.Premature Celebration Follows Democratic Victory in New York State|Michael Tomasky|May 25, 2011|DAILY BEAST
One can only imagine the chaos, the cratering economy, the emergence of all forms of social disorder.