- to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
- to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.
- to cast, plunge, or send, especially violently or abruptly: He precipitated himself into the struggle.
- Chemistry. to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution, as by means of a reagent.
- Meteorology. to fall to the earth's surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.
- to separate from a solution as a precipitate.
- to be cast or thrown down headlong.
- headlong: a precipitate fall down the stairs.
- rushing headlong or rapidly onward.
- proceeding rapidly or with great haste: a precipitate retreat.
- exceedingly sudden or abrupt: a precipitate stop; a precipitate decision.
- done or made without sufficient deliberation; overhasty; rash: a precipitate marriage.
- Chemistry. a substance precipitated from a solution.
- moisture condensed in the form of rain, snow, etc.
Origin of precipitate
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Examples from the Web for precipitate
Unlike some of her peers, she is not motivated by an ideological zeal to precipitate Israel's destruction.Sitting Beside A BDS Leader
March 19, 2013
Continued temporizing could destroy the euro and precipitate another financial catastrophe.We’re Doomed!
Charles R. Morris
August 11, 2011
Next in line is the arch- conservative Interior Minister Prince Nayif, who would alienate reformers and might precipitate unrest.Why the Saudi Royals are Scared
March 8, 2011
If NATO withdraws, those forces will almost certainly sweep into Kabul and precipitate another protracted civil war.The Right and Left Are Wrong About My Movie
July 21, 2010
Anger, alcohol, drugs, economic hopelessness, reckless driving—they can all precipitate tragedy.Why I Love Guns
May 14, 2009
How would she explain to herself his sudden, precipitate journey to London alone?The Market-Place
To Daniel, the blow was all that he needed to precipitate his ruin.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
It may be that he did not want to precipitate the slaughter.Billy Topsail & Company
"No, no, it would but precipitate itself at once upon us," replied John.A Romance of the West Indies
Precipitate allowed to stand 24 hours, and then dried at 55°.Histology of the Blood
- (tr) to cause to happen too soon or sooner than expected; bring on
- to throw or fall from or as from a height
- to cause (moisture) to condense and fall as snow, rain, etc, or (of moisture, rain, etc) to condense and fall thus
- chem to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a dissolved substance separates from solution as a fine suspension of solid particles
- rushing ahead
- done rashly or with undue haste
- sudden and brief
- chem a precipitated solid in its suspended form or after settling or filtering
Word Origin and History for precipitate
"to hurl or fling down," 1520s, a back formation from precipitation or else from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from praeceps "steep, headlong, headfirst" (see precipice). Meaning "to cause to happen, hurry the beginning of" is recorded from 1620s. Chemical sense is from 1620s; meteorological sense first attested 1863. Related: Precipitated; precipitating.
c.1600, from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong" (see precipitate (v.)). Meaning "hasty" is attested from 1650s. Related: Precipitately.
1560s, probably a back formation from precipitation.
- A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
- A punctate opacity on the posterior surface of the cornea developing from inflammatory cells in the vitreous body.punctate keratitis
- To cause a solid substance to be separated from a solution.
- To be separated from a solution as a solid.
- To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.
- To separate as a solid from a solution in chemical precipitation.
- (prĭ-sĭp′ĭ-tāt′, -tĭt)
- A solid material precipitated from a solution.