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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crater  \Cra"ter\  (kr?t?r),  n.  [L.  crater,  cratera,  a  mixing 
  vessel,  the  mouth  of  a  volcano,  Gr  krath`r,  fr  keranny`nai 
  to  mix;  cf  Skr.  [,c]r[imac]  to  mix,  [,c]ir  to  cook, 
  [,c]r[=a]  to  cook.  Cf  {Grail},  in  Holy  Grail.] 
  1.  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 
 
  2.  (Mil.)  The  pit  left  by  the  explosion  of  a  mine. 
 
  3.  (Astron.)  A  constellation  of  the  southen  hemisphere;  -- 
  called  also  the  {Cup}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Crater 
  n  1:  a  faint  constellation  in  the  southern  hemisphere  near  Virgo 
  [syn:  {Crater}] 
  2:  a  fissure  in  the  earth's  crust  (or  in  the  surface  of  some 
  other  planet)  through  which  molten  lava  and  gases  erupt 
  [syn:  {vent},  {volcano}] 
  3:  a  bowl-shaped  depression  formed  by  the  impact  of  a  meteorite 
  or  bomb 




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