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.
SYNONYMS FOR precipitate
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Origin of precipitate
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
Example sentences from the Web for precipitate
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He would have withdrawn as precipitately as he had entered, but she sprang after him and caught him by the arms.The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell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
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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.