precipitation[prē sip′ə tā′s̸hən, pri-]
- Precipitation is rain, sleet or snow, or bringing an action on suddenly.
An example of precipitation is rain.
Rain is precipitation.
- a precipitating or being precipitated; specif., a headlong fall or rush
- precipitancy; rash haste; impetuosity
- a bringing on suddenly; acceleration
- a precipitating or being precipitated from a solution
- a precipitate
- a depositing of rain, snow, sleet, etc.
- rain, snow, sleet, etc.
- the amount of this
Origin of precipitationMiddle French précipitation ; from Classical Latin praecipitatio
- Meteorology a. Any form of water, such as rain, snow, sleet, or hail, that falls to the earth's surface.b. The quantity of such water falling in a specific area within a specific period.
- A hastening or acceleration, especially one that is sudden or unexpected: He is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise.
- Abrupt or impulsive haste.
- A headlong fall or rush.
- Chemistry The process of separating a substance from a solution as a solid.
(countable and uncountable, plural precipitations)
- (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.
- A hurried headlong fall.
- (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.
- (figuratively) Unwise or rash rapidity; sudden haste.
- had acted with some precipitation and had probably started out upon a wild-goose chase -- Dorothy Sayers