Precipitate meaning

prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-tāt'
Moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong.
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To cause (a form of water, as rain or snow) to fall from the air.
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To cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution.
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To throw headlong; hurl downward.
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To fall from the air as a form of water, such as rain or snow.
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To be separated from a solution as a solid.
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To cause to happen before expected, warranted, needed, or desired; bring on; hasten.

To precipitate a crisis.

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To condense (water vapor) and cause to fall to the ground as rain, snow, sleet, etc.
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To be precipitated.
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To condense and fall to the ground as rain, snow, sleet, etc.
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Falling steeply, rushing headlong, flowing swiftly, etc.
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Acting, happening, or done very hastily or rashly; impetuous; headstrong.
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Very sudden, unexpected, or abrupt.
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A substance that is precipitated out from a solution or gas.
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To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.
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To separate as a solid from a solution in chemical precipitation.
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A solid material precipitated from a solution.
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To make something happen suddenly and quickly; hasten.

To precipitate a journey, or a conflict.

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To throw an object or person from a great height.
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To send violently into a certain state or condition.
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(intransitive, chemistry) To come out of a liquid solution into solid form.

Adding the acid will cause the salt to precipitate.

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(chemistry) To separate a substance out of a liquid solution into solid form.
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(intransitive, meteorology) To have water in the air fall to the ground, for example as rain, snow, sleet, or hail; be deposited as condensed droplets.

It will precipitate tomorrow, but we don't know whether as rain or snow.

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To cause (water in the air) to condense or fall to the ground.
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A product resulting from a process, event, or course of action.
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(chemistry) A solid that exits the liquid phase of a solution.
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Headlong; falling steeply or vertically.
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Very steep; precipitous.
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With a hasty impulse; hurried; headstrong.
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Moving with excessive speed or haste.

The king was too precipitate in declaring war.

A precipitate case of disease.

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Performed very rapidly or abruptly.
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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.

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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.

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To cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely.

An announcement that precipitated a political crisis.

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To cause to fall down from a height; hurl downward.
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To put suddenly into a certain state or condition.
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Acting with or marked by excessive haste and lack of due deliberation.
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Occurring suddenly or unexpectedly.
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A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
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A product resulting from a process, event, or course of action.
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Origin of precipitate

  • Latin praecipitāre praecipitāt- to throw headlong from praeceps praecipit- headlong prae- pre- caput capit- head kaput- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin praecipitō (“throw down, hurl down"), from praeceps (“head foremost, headlong"), from prae (“before") + caput (“head").
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin praecipitatum
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin praecipitatus
    From Wiktionary