Definitions for: Precipitation


[n] overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
[n] an unexpected acceleration or hastening; "he is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise"
[n] the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
[n] the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
[n] the process of forming a chemical precipitate
[n] the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time; "the storm brought several inches of precipitation"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pre*cip`i*ta"tion, n. (Meteor.)
A deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow;
also, the quantity of water deposited.

Note: Deposits of dew, fog, and frost are not regarded by the
United States Weather Bureau as precipitation. Sleet
and snow are melted, and the record of precipitation
shows the depth of the horizontal layers of water in
hundredths of an inch or in millimeters.


Pre*cip`i*ta"tion, n. [L. praecipitatio: cf. F.
pr['e]cipitation.]
1. The act of precipitating, or the state of being
precipitated, or thrown headlong.

In peril of precipitation From off rock Tarpeian.
--Shak.

2. A falling, flowing, or rushing downward with violence and
rapidity.

The hurry, precipitation, and rapid motion of the
water, returning . . . towards the sea. --Woodward.

3. Great hurry; rash, tumultuous haste; impetuosity. ``The
precipitation of inexperience.'' --Rambler.

4. (Chem.) The act or process of precipitating from a
solution.

Synonyms: downfall, haste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry

See Also: abruptness, acceleration, atmospheric condition, chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, diamond dust, drop, fall, fastness, fine spray, frost mist, frost snow, hail, ice crystal, ice needle, indefinite quantity, poudrin, precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, rain, rainfall, sleet, snow, snow mist, snowfall, speed, suddenness, swiftness, virga, weather, weather condition

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