precipitable

adjective

pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​ble pri-ˈsi-pə-tə-bəl How to pronounce precipitable (audio)
: capable of being precipitated

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web PWATs, or precipitable water indexes — a measure of how much moisture is present in a column of air from the bottom to the top of the atmosphere — are approaching a remarkable three inches. Zach Rosenthal, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2022 The colors show precipitable water in the atmosphere, which is basically how much water would fall as rain if all the moisture over a particular spot condensed and fell to the ground. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 30 Apr. 2017 The high-resolution NAM model simulated precipitable water values between 2 and 2.5 inches over the region — in record territory for early July. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 PWATs, or precipitable water indexes - a measure of how much moisture is present in a column of air from the bottom to the top of the atmosphere - are approaching a remarkable three inches. Annabelle Timsit And Zach Rosenthal, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2022 The forecast map of total water vapor content (called precipitable water) for Saturday morning is shown below. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Phil Gonsalves, a forecaster for the weather service, said the precipitable water level, which is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air, was higher than has ever been recorded in San Diego on July 10. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, 10 July 2018 The image also shows a great pooling of atmospheric moisture, called precipitable water. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 28 May 2018 Accompanying this front, the moisture content of the deep atmosphere will be very high, approaching two inches of precipitable water (figure below). Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 8 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of precipitable was in 1670

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“Precipitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precipitable. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

precipitable

adjective
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​ble pri-ˈsip-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce precipitable (audio)
: capable of being precipitated
precipitability noun
plural precipitabilities
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