Meaning of “crater” in the English Dictionary

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craternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkreɪ.tər/ us /ˈkreɪ.t̬ɚ/

the round hole at the top of a volcano, or a hole in the ground similar to this:

the huge crater of Vesuvius
a bomb crater
With a good telescope, you can see craters on the moon.
adjective uk /ˈkreɪ.təd/ us /ˈkreɪ.t̬ɚd/

a cratered surface

(Definition of “crater” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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craternoun [ C ]

us /ˈkreɪ·t̬ər/

earth science a large hole in the top of a volcano (= mountain made from liquid rock)

A crater is also a large hole made by something hitting the ground with force:

The meteorite left a crater six feet deep.

(Definition of “crater” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)