- precipitation hardening,
- precipitin test,
Origin of precipitous
Examples from the Web for precipitous
Mars Hill Church leaders blamed bad publicity for the precipitous drop in attendance and tithes.
This sort of precipitous drop can reflect gyrations in the price of gas.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches|ProPublica|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Part of the reason for this precipitous decline is likely climate change.Last Flight of the Monarchs? A Plea for Help for the Dying Butterflies|Michael Daly|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The plea deal represents a precipitous fall from grace, writes John Avlon.With Plea Deal, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Fall From Grace Seems Complete|John Avlon|February 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In 1965, despite the precipitous decline in the worker-to-retiree ratio, Social Security paid its bills with a 2.2% payroll tax.
It is on a plateau—the particular point that I mean—a plateau of precipitous mountains.Running Sands|Reginald Wright Kauffman
The road rose high above the lake, and in one or two places ran along the edge of a precipitous cliff.Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway|Effie Price Gladding
For some distance round the hill the rocks were so precipitous, that we had no fear of being attacked on those sides.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
The valley of the Dor is therefore shut in either by precipitous volcanic walls, or is guarded by sombre woods.
At the head of the canyon stood an extinct volcano, its precipitous sides forming the barrier at the western end of the canyon.The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
1640s, "rash, headlong," from obsolete French precipiteux (16c.), from Vulgar Latin *praecipitosus, from praecipitare (see precipitation). Related: Precipitously; precipitousness.