- 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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Related Wordshasten, trigger, accelerate, expedite, advance, fling, launch, further, dispatch, cast, hurl, press, discharge, throw, quicken
Examples from the Web for precipitated
And it was probably at least partly this that precipitated his downfall.Relishing Rembrandt’s Blockbuster London Show
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Rather, it precipitated a month-long diplomatic crisis of byzantine complexity that exposed deeper, long-term sources of conflict.Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle
James A. Warren
September 29, 2014
Our public fascination with buttholes has also precipitated a whole new genre of celebrity rumors.The ‘Back Door’ Is Having Its Pop Culture Moment
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Her departure was precipitated by her decision as an IACC member to vote against more funding for studies on vaccine safety.“Autism Speaks”- but Should Everyone Listen?
June 13, 2014
Did the writers give you any idea what precipitated this collapse—perhaps a nuclear war or environmental devastation?The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’
May 23, 2014
Let not your Clarissa be precipitated into a state she wishes not to enter into with any man!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This was on April 24, 1846, and precipitated hostilities at once.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
This precipitated a vigorous discussion which extended into the next day.
I have been precipitated, alive, into this hell by another ghost.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
For this, Europe, during two centuries, was precipitated on Asia.
- (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 precipitated
"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.