verb (used with object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
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Origin of precipitate
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historical usage of precipitate
The chemical sense of precipitate, “to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution,” first appears in New Latin praecipitāre at the end of the 15th century, and is first recorded in English in the 17th century. The related meteorological sense “to fall to earth as rain, snow, hail, or drizzle” dates from the end of the 18th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM precipitate
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH precipitateprecipitate , precipitous.
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Example sentences from the Web for precipitate
Unlike some of her peers, she is not motivated by an ideological zeal to precipitate Israel's destruction.
Continued temporizing could destroy the euro and precipitate another financial catastrophe.
Next in line is the arch- conservative Interior Minister Prince Nayif, who would alienate reformers and might precipitate unrest.
If NATO withdraws, those forces will almost certainly sweep into Kabul and precipitate another protracted civil war.
Anger, alcohol, drugs, economic hopelessness, reckless driving—they can all precipitate tragedy.
Mr. Carlyle came into his wife's dressing-room, and Madame Vine would have made a precipitate retreat.East Lynne|Mrs. Henry Wood
Charley only waited for the answer, and made a precipitate rush for the house.A Changed Heart|May Agnes Fleming
As soon as he sees them placed he begins his discourse in a loud and precipitate voice; the rest preserve a profound silence.
And as it was here that the Sheriff of Calaveras made a precipitate entry into the room, the mystery remained unsolved.Found At Blazing Star|Bret Harte
A very small amount of caramel will require several hours to precipitate.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants|Edwin M. Bruce
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In chemistry, a solid material that is formed in a solution by chemical reactions and settles to the bottom of the container in which the reaction takes place. A precipitate may also be a substance removed from another by an artificial filter.