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 precipitately
He now thanked his fortune that he had not precipitately given up his room there, for a telegram from Paula awaited him.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
How be sure that he did not leap too precipitately and not land at all, but go down whirling into the depths?Pabo, The Priest|Sabine Baring-Gould
I believe I would have done him some fearful injury, had he not precipitately made his escape.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 2|Alexander Leighton
He would have withdrawn as precipitately as he had entered, but she sprang after him and caught him by the arms.The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
The Almoravides came to his assistance, but precipitately retired.Southern Spain|A.F. Calvert
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.