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.
- precipitable water,
- precipitate labor,
- precipitation hardening,
- precipitin test
Origin of precipitate
Examples 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
Word Origin 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.
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.