- 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.
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.
- to collapse, plunge, or fail suddenly; crash: The company’s stock has cratered 35% this year.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of crater
OTHER WORDS FROM cratercra·ter·al, cra·ter·ous, adjectivecra·ter·like, adjectivein·ter·cra·ter, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for crater
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.
It's not just socialism that's gaining in the polls due to the GOP's cratering popularity.