Definition of Precipitation

1. Noun. The quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time. "The storm brought several inches of precipitation"

Generic synonyms: Indefinite Quantity
Derivative terms: Precipitate

2. Noun. The process of forming a chemical precipitate.
Generic synonyms: Chemical Action, Chemical Change, Chemical Process
Derivative terms: Precipitate

3. Noun. The falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist).

4. Noun. The act of casting down or falling headlong from a height.
Generic synonyms: Drop, Fall
Derivative terms: Precipitate, Precipitate

5. Noun. An unexpected acceleration or hastening. "He is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise"
Generic synonyms: Acceleration
Derivative terms: Precipitate, Precipitate

6. Noun. Overly eager speed (and possible carelessness). "He soon regretted his haste"
Exact synonyms: Haste, Hastiness, Hurriedness, Hurry
Generic synonyms: Fastness, Speed, Swiftness
Specialized synonyms: Abruptness, Precipitance, Precipitancy, Precipitateness, Precipitousness, Suddenness
Derivative terms: Hasty, Hasty, Hasty, Hurried, Hurry

Definition of Precipitation

1. n. The act of precipitating, or the state of being precipitated, or thrown headlong.

2. n. A deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow; also, the quantity of water deposited.

Definition of Precipitation

1. Noun. (meteorology) Any or all of the forms of water particles, whether liquid or solid, that fall from the atmosphere (e.g., rain, hail, snow or sleet). It is a major class of hydrometeor, but it is distinguished from cloud, fog, dew, rime, frost, etc., in that it must fall. It is distinguished from cloud and virga in that it must reach the ground. ¹

2. Noun. A hurried headlong fall. ¹

3. Noun. (countable chemistry) A reaction that leads to the formation of a heavier solid in a lighter liquid; the precipitate so formed at the bottom of the container. ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) Unwise or rash rapidity; sudden haste. ¹

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Definition of Precipitation

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Precipitation

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Literary usage of Precipitation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"In England the annual precipitation varies from 25 inches or less at the mouth of ... Over the Sheffield waterworks catchment areas precipitation averaged ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Over the Connecticut River where the precipitation for nine years averaged ... Massapequa watershed, Long Island, NY, where the mean precipitation was 46.41 ..."

3. Weather by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Rose/Graf, Mike Graf, Nancy Schoefl, Evan-Moor (Firm (2002)
"Eventually, the clouds give up their moisture through precipitation. ... Warm air can hold more moisture, so precipitation decreases substantially. ..."

4. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1903)
"Complete precipitation. precipitation complete and considerably more rapid ... Zr(SO4), Complete precipitation. These precipitations were all made in the ..."

5. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"In most cases precipitation U accelerated and the precipitate rendered more granular by keeping the liquid warm. A current of washed hydrogen sulphide is ..."

6. Mineral Deposits by Waldemar Lindgren (1919)
"precipitation by Reaction between Solutions.—Mingling of different solutions is one of the most common occurrences in nature, as when rivers discharge their ..."

7. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"The presence of ammonium chloride hinders precipitation of magnesium and does not interfere with that of calcium. If, however, much magnesium (or sodium) is ..."

8. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1917)
"The practice of precipitating magnesium from a cold solution necessitates a double precipitation as the composition of the phosphate is considerably ..."

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