- 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 precipitating
In the case of McKamey, the precipitating cause of death does not seem to have been determined.Navy Football Player Will McKamey Died This Week From Brain Injury. Who’s to Blame?
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The Gallipoli invasion was the precipitating event in the Ottoman genocide against its Armenian population.The History Behind ANZAC Day
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Going over the fiscal cliff would have meant the U.S. defaulting on its debts and precipitating a global financial meltdown.Sequester Looms as Democrats and GOP Make Little Effort to Resolve Impasse
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“There was no precipitating event, no hate-crime incident,” explained Sun, a junior studying art.Harvard Sex Week: Dirty Talk, the Female Orgasm, and More
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The great financial firm collapsed under an avalanche of bad debts based on bad bets in 2008, precipitating the global crisis.Lagarde: Don't Underestimate Italy
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The respective land forces were ever on the point of precipitating the end.The Philippine Islands
Her husband had arrived in Washington unexpectedly, precipitating the crisis.The Winning Clue
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The solutions of iron are a constant trouble by precipitating.
"No," said Lady Rookwood, precipitating herself into the marble coffin.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
Precipitating a weak solution of ammonio-sulphate of copper green.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- (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 precipitating
"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.