- falling products of condensation in the atmosphere, as rain, snow, or hail.
- the amount of rain, snow, hail, etc., that has fallen at a given place within a given period, usually expressed in inches or centimeters of water.
Origin of precipitation
Related Words for precipitationrainfall, snow, rain, storm, drizzle, sleet, rainstorm, condensation, cloudburst, hail, wetness, hailstorm
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Historical Examples of precipitation
Here the first step is absorption and expansion, not precipitation.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
This was done in lime-water, without any precipitation of lime.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
But Hermann arose with precipitation to carry the news to his wife.Falk
So saying, Funkelstein turned, and walked away with some precipitation.David Elginbrod
On distilling off the acetone, a precipitation is determined.Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross
- rain, snow, sleet, dew, etc, formed by condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere
- the deposition of these on the earth's surface
- the amount precipitated
late 15c., "a casting down" (of the evil angels from heaven), also, in alchemy "separation of a solid substance from a solution," from Middle French precipitation (15c.) and directly from Latin praecipitationem (nominative praecipitatio) "act or fact of falling headlong, haste," noun of action from past participle stem of praecipitare "fall, be hasty," from praeceps "steep" (see precipice). Meaning "sudden haste" is c.1500. Meaning "act of falling from a height" is attested from 1610s. Meteorological sense of "rain, snow, dew, etc." is from 1670s.