- The definition of precipitate is something that happens suddenly, falls steeply or acts quickly.
An example of precipitate is jumping from a sinking ship without a life vest.
- Precipitate is defined as to throw something downward or cause something to happen before expected.
An example of precipitate is a car driving off a cliff.
- to throw headlong; hurl downward
- to cause to happen before expected, warranted, needed, or desired; bring on; hasten: to precipitate a crisis
- to cause (a slightly soluble substance) to become insoluble, as by heat or by a chemical reagent, and separate out from a solution
- to cause the separation of a suspended liquid or solid from a gas
- Meteorol. to condense (water vapor) and cause to fall to the ground as rain, snow, sleet, etc.
Origin: from Classical Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare from praeceps: see precipice
- Chem. to be precipitated
- Meteorol. to condense and fall to the ground as rain, snow, sleet, etc.
- falling steeply, rushing headlong, flowing swiftly, etc.
- acting, happening, or done very hastily or rashly; impetuous; headstrong
- very sudden, unexpected, or abrupt
Origin: L praecipitatus: see precipitatethe
Origin: ModL praecipitatum
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verb pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing, pre·cip·i·tates verb, transitive
- To throw from or as if from a great height; hurl downward: “The finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below” (Thornton Wilder).
- To cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely. See Synonyms at speed.
- Meteorology To cause (water vapor) to condense and fall from the air as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
- Chemistry To cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution.
- Meteorology To condense and fall from the air as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
- Chemistry To be separated from a solution as a solid.
- To fall or be thrown headlong: an ailing economy that precipitated into ruin despite foreign intervention.
- Moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong.
- Acting with or marked by excessive haste and lack of due deliberation. See Synonyms at impetuous, reckless.
- Occurring suddenly or unexpectedly.
- Chemistry A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
- A product resulting from a process, event, or course of action.
Origin: Latin praecipitāre, praecipitāt-, to throw headlong, from praeceps, praecipit-, headlong : prae-, pre- + caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
- pre·cipˈi·tate·ly adverb
- pre·cipˈi·tate·ness noun
- pre·cipˈi·taˌtive adjective
- pre·cipˈi·taˌtor noun
precipitate - Cultural Definition
precipitate - Medical Definition
- A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
- A punctate opacity on the posterior surface of the cornea developing from inflammatory cells in the vitreous body. Also called punctate keratitis.
- To cause a solid substance to be separated from a solution.
- To be separated from a solution as a solid.
precipitate - Science Definition
- To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.
- To separate as a solid from a solution in chemical precipitation.
- A solid material precipitated from a solution.
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