Definitions of precipitation

  1. the falling to earth of any form of water ( rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
  2. overly eager speed ( and possible carelessness); " he soon regretted his haste"
  3. the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time; " the storm brought several inches of precipitation"
  4. an unexpected acceleration or hastening; " he is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise"
  5. the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
  6. A deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow; also, the quantity of water deposited.
  7. The act of precipitating, or the state of being precipitated, or thrown headlong.
  8. Great hurry; rash, tumultuous haste; impetuosity.
  9. The act or process of precipitating from a solution.
  10. Headlong fall; rashness; rash haste; a violent and swift descent; the process of causing the solid part of a solution to separate from the liquid; the falling upon the earth's surface of rain, etc.
  11. Act of precipitating: great hurry: rash haste: rapid movement.
  12. The act of precipitating; great hurry; rash haste; rapid movement.
  13. Great hurry; tumultuous and blind haste; the operation of throwing down from a liquid a substance held in solution; the process of separating any substance from another. Note.- When substances held in solution fall down in a solid state, they are called precipitates; substances merely suspended in a liquid, as earthy matter in water, which fall or settle down, are called sediments- in the former case the operating cause is chemical, in the latter mechanical.

Usage examples for precipitation

  1. Thither also the rest of the multitude fled with the utmost precipitation. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius
  2. Angela, stunned and terrified by this unexpected precipitation into ice- cold water, lay like a log with eyes closed. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  3. The action of surface waters, in thus concentrating the iron in certain localities which are favorable for precipitation, is similar to the formation of the lead and zinc ores of the Mississippi valley, referred to in the next chapter. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  4. It has been observed that heavy precipitation may be expected after protracted periods of drought. – The Passaic Flood of 1903 by Marshall Ora Leighton
  5. Everything was still and peaceful as became a Sunday afternoon,- so that when the sound of a heavy advancing footstep disturbed the intense calm, the girl was almost nervously startled, and rose from her seat with so much precipitation, that the butterflies, who had possibly been considering whether her hair might not be some new sort of sunflower, took fright and flew far upwards, and the demure kitten scared out of its absurd self- consciousness, scrambled hastily up the nearest little tree. – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  6. I did what I wanted a moment ago," he continued with some precipitation: " I brought you out handsomely on the subject of Mr. Longdon. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  7. With the speed and precipitation of a springing panther, the Spaniard leaped forward and drove his dagger deep into the neck of his comrade, who, with a gurgling cry, plunged headlong forward, and down the precipice, thrusting his lance as he fell. – The Strong Arm by Robert Barr
  8. His regular force did not exceed three hundred men; but, by surprising the British sentinels, he struck consternation into their ranks, and they fled with precipitation, leaving behind them their plunder and a part of their stores. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  9. The first lesson to be drawn from this important principle of irrigation is that if the soil be so treated as to contain at planting time the largest proportion of the natural precipitation,- that is, if the ordinary methods of dry- farming be employed,- crops will be produced with a very small amount of irrigation water. – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe
  10. You were pleased that she overlooked Mascha's precipitation so easily yesterday. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  11. I may have had something to do with its precipitation, for I, too, am psychic, but not in any material way did I aid the guide." – Victor Ollnee's Discipline by Hamlin Garland