• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Craterous Pertaining to, or resembling, a crater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are over three trillion craters on the moon, with some being having a diameter over three feet
    • craterous Belonging to or like a crater.
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  • Herman Melville
    “Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!”


In literature:

Penelope, what were you thinking about when you sat over there at the crater edge with your head on your arms?
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
There are two craters now.
"Rollo in Naples" by Jacob Abbott
To take it from the craters was dangerous.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
This was the ancient crater; it is as big as the crater of Kilauea, in the Hawaiian Islands.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
On March 25 British mines were exploded at St. Eloi, and the mine craters were occupied by the 3rd Division.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
Reaching the top of the rock in an attempt to drag the dying boy down, Glaudot saw the Indians rushing up the other side of the crater wall.
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger
This island, like Tahiti, showed traces of earlier volcanic eruptions, and the summit of one of its hills resembled a crater.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
And although Eveley still lived serene in her Cloud Cote, it was like living on the edge of the crater of a volcano.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
The side of the cone of the great crater toward Taormina fell into the crater.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
He had charge of all the wiring in front of our trench and craters.
"Over the top with the 25th" by R. Lewis
Among them are the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Rainier, and Crater Lake parks.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Chimney, buildings, barbed wire, everything had disappeared, and where the brewery had stood the moment before a huge crater now yawned.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
De Launay headed up into the hills, making for the spot he and others familiar with the region knew as The Crater.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
A similar crater was the result of the mining at La Bassee.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
After digging another day they came out in the crater of a mine.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Split wide open like a yawning crater, the hilltop has been plowed up in every direction.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
East of Lipnicadolna, on the Narayuvka River (Galicia), the Russians exploded a mine under some German trenches and occupied the crater.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Tens of thousands of shells had pocked the dirty soil, scores of mine explosions had cratered it.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
It fell over an area of fifty yards around the crater in large or small masses, which flattened as they struck.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
Fifty-sixth covered the ground now known as the Crater.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott

In poetry:

To the Love-queen Gisli prayed,
She, with red hands, caught and spun.
Yellow flames from crater lips,
flames from the waking sun.
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
As loud-flaming stones are hurl'd
From foul craters--thus the gods
Cast their just wrath on the world,
From the mire of Helot clods.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Had sat upon a mossy ledge,
O'er Baiae in the morning's beams,
Or where the sulphurous crater steams
Had hung suspended from the edge:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Now their love lies a loss
And Love and his patients roar on a chain;
From every tune or crater
Carrying cloud, Death strikes their house.
"On A Wedding Anniversary" by Dylan Thomas
For in the roar the hissing stream,
As it issues from the crater;
I could there learn more of the boundless theme,
Of a kind and wise Creator.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then flamed the crater! And the flame took wing;
Furious and far the lava blazed around,
Until at last, on this same spot that King
His Herculaneum found!
"Arms And The Man - The Oaks And The Tempest" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Bruneau Desert, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Two weeks ago a Twin Falls man found what looked like a meteor crater on Google Earth.
View full size Allan Brettman / The Oregonian Ashley Horacek of Portland snaps a photo of Wizard Island near the beginning of the 30-mile ride around Crater Lake.
Of particular interest to scientists studying the geology of Mars are the ejecta of the smaller craters within Hadley.
With the impact that forms the craters , this ice would mix with surrounding materials to form a kind of "mud," which would then spread over the surface as ejecta.
These findings support the long-recognized possibility that areas of permanent shadow inside polar impact craters are sites of the potential accumulation of water.
A radar instrument flown on India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in 2009 found evidence for ice deposits in craters at the lunar north pole.
View full size Terry Richard/The Oregonian The overlook at Little Crater Lake in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Curiosity Images Itself in Gale Crater Mosaic.
But a recent closer inspection revealed a surprise: There are actually two massive overlapping craters .
The Gale Crater , From Mars to Earth.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter finds ice in south pole crater .
The crater 's floor is more reflective than that of other nearby craters , suggesting it had ice.
The craters structure is shown in false color from data by NASA's LRO probe.
The craters interior structure is shown in false color based on data from NASA's LRO probe.
5K Crater Dash walk/run is new event.

In science:

In reality somewhat higher fragmentation velocities may be required, and also other processes such as partial fragmentation (or cratering).
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
Left: Solar system exploitation - finding crater sizes; Right: SalsaJ galaxy images and spectra manipulation - one is Centaurus A: This galaxy is a most interesting ob ject for the present attempts to understand active galaxies.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
This crater has been formed by the impact and explosion of a meteorite on the North of Elysium Planitia.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
From the image, students measure the size of the pixel in meters and derive the size of the crater. A comparison is then made with Earth craters like the Barringer Meteor Crater, in Arizona.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
The huge crater present on the surface of this satellite has been named after Herschel who discovered it in 1789.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
The ’human’ statistics of terrestrial impact cratering rate.
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
Spurious periods in the terrestrial impact crater record.
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
GaN nanorods protruding out of nanoflower craters (20 º tilt view).
Epitaxial GaN Nanorods via Catalytic Capillary Condensation
Fig. 5 shows the model crater (top left) and the beautiful result, the crater appearing in pink-orange in the topographic map (lower right).
Bringing Science into Schools through Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Tucson
The impact of a highly charged ion creates a strong dislocation in the surface (Fig. 15) which, contrary to naive expectation, is not necessarily a crater but can take on the shape of a “blister”or “hillock” [74, 75], as seen in AFM pictures.
Collisions of Slow Highly Charged Ions with Surfaces
Moreover, the size of the tip may be insufficient to distinguish the crater from its rim.
Collisions of Slow Highly Charged Ions with Surfaces
Miranda is almost spherical at 472 km, but retains large topological features from an apparently violent youth; Mimas has a diameter of nearly 400 km but retains the huge Herschel crater.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Mimas (middle image, from Cassini) is slightly smaller than Vesta (395 km) but icy and basically round, although gravity has not caused the huge Herschel crater to smooth out to the level of smaller craters.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Craters have been forming when stuff hit ever since (but also eroding much faster than on the moon, Mercury, Mars, or other barer surfaces).
Astrophysics in 2006
Indeed so much dust was kicked up that it was never possible to image the Deeply Impacted crater and determine its size with any precision.
Astrophysics in 2006