1. noun /ˈkɹeɪ.tə(ɹ),ˈkɹeɪ.tɚ/
a) A hemispherical pit created by the impact of a meteorite or other object.

1843 - I then had the two best tarriers beneath the canopy; this poor crater is their daughter," and he patted the dogs head affectionately. <BR> William Hamilton Maxwell, Wild Sports of the West: With Legendary Tales, and Local Sketches , Publisher R. Bentley, page 77,

b) 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.

1859 - She is a charming crater; I would venture to say that, if I was not her father.<BR> The British Drama: A Collection of the Most Esteemed Tragedies, Comedies ...

2. verb /ˈkɹeɪ.tə(ɹ),ˈkɹeɪ.tɚ/
a) To collapse catastrophically; implode; hollow out; to become devastated or completely destroyed.

The economy is about to crater. Attributed by David Letterman to Sen. John McCain. [ NYTimes blog]

He cratered into that snow bank about five seconds after his first lesson.

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