- 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
Examples from the Web for precipitation
To speak concisely, and with an air of precipitation, was the general practice.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence|Cornelius Tacitus
All becomes confused in the velocity and precipitation of descending ruin.The Makers of Modern Rome|Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
He could, at least, suggest such a courtesy by his precipitation; it was far better than this unendurable wait.The Flaw in the Sapphire|Charles M. Snyder
The form of precipitation generally adopted was to add sulphate of iron to the liquid drawn from the filter.
The precipitation of moisture furnishes favorable conditions for their rapid development and multiplication.Meteorology|Charles Fitzhugh Talman
British Dictionary definitions for precipitation
- 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
Word Origin and History for precipitation
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.
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Culture definitions for precipitation
In meteorology, the fall of water, ice, or snow deposited on the surface of the Earth from the atmosphere. In chemistry, a chemical reaction in a solution in which a solid material is formed and subsequently falls, as a precipitate, to the bottom of the container.