- the act of precipitating; state of being precipitated.
- a casting down or falling headlong.
- a hastening or hurrying in movement, procedure, or action.
- sudden haste.
- unwise or rash rapidity.
- falling products of condensation in the atmosphere, as rain, snow, or hail.
- the amount of rain, snow, hail, etc., that has fallen at a given place within a given period, usually expressed in inches or centimeters of water.
- Chemistry, Physics. the precipitating of a substance from a solution.
Origin of precipitation
Examples from the Web for precipitation
Here the first step is absorption and expansion, not precipitation.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
This was done in lime-water, without any precipitation of lime.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
But Hermann arose with precipitation to carry the news to his wife.Falk
So saying, Funkelstein turned, and walked away with some precipitation.David Elginbrod
On distilling off the acetone, a precipitation is determined.Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross
- rain, snow, sleet, dew, etc, formed by condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere
- the deposition of these on the earth's surface
- the amount precipitated
- the production or formation of a chemical precipitate
- the act of precipitating or the state of being precipitated
- rash or undue haste
- spiritualism the appearance of a spirit in bodily form; materialization
Word Origin and History for precipitation
late 15c., "a casting down" (of the evil angels from heaven), also, in alchemy "separation of a solid substance from a solution," from Middle French precipitation (15c.) and directly from Latin praecipitationem (nominative praecipitatio) "act or fact of falling headlong, haste," noun of action from past participle stem of praecipitare "fall, be hasty," from praeceps "steep" (see precipice). Meaning "sudden haste" is c.1500. Meaning "act of falling from a height" is attested from 1610s. Meteorological sense of "rain, snow, dew, etc." is from 1670s.
- The process of separating a substance from a solution as a solid.
- A form of water, such as rain, snow, or sleet, that condenses from the atmosphere, becomes too heavy to remain suspended, and falls to the Earth's surface. Different atmospheric conditions are responsible for the different forms of precipitation.
- The process by which a substance is separated out of a solution as a solid. Precipitation occurs either by the action of gravity or through a chemical reaction that forms an insoluble compound out of two or more soluble compounds.