precipitation

noun
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion | \ pri-ˌsi-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce precipitation (audio) \

Definition of precipitation

1 : the quality or state of being precipitate : hastiness
2 : an act, process, or instance of precipitating especially : the process of forming a precipitate
3 : something precipitated: such as
a : a deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow also : the quantity of water deposited

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Synonyms & Antonyms for precipitation

Synonyms

haste, hastiness, hurry, hustle, precipitousness, rush

Antonyms

deliberateness, deliberation

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Examples of precipitation in a Sentence

The weather forecast calls for some sort of frozen precipitation tomorrow—either snow or sleet. a 50 percent chance of precipitation Minerals are separated from the seawater by precipitation.
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Global precipitation would also drop by around 45 percent. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 Producer Alexandre de Betak used a laser to create a tunnel-like effect and add sparkle to the presentation’s fake precipitation. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "“Beautifully Iced Maidens” Walked Through a Snowstorm at John Galliano’s Fall 2009 Show," 26 Dec. 2018 The South and the East Coast are expected to have more precipitation than usual. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "NOAA Predicts Winter Is Going to Be Warmer Than Usual for Most of the United States," 22 Oct. 2018 California in particular—need to be on alert; heavy precipitation could also cause dangerous mud slides in new burn areas. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 After today, no precipitation in the forecast until Wednesday, when there is a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Philly braces for what could be a 10-day heat wave; Shore likely to be spared," 28 June 2018 Western portions of Connecticut could see some precipitation by the late afternoon. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Sunday's Morning Clouds To Give Way To Sunshine In Afternoon," 23 June 2018 There is significant uncertainty in regards to precipitation type, especially Seattle south. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again," 11 Feb. 2019 Extreme rainfall events are also increasing in part due to climate change, and nine of the top 10 years for extreme one-day precipitation events have happened since 1990. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of precipitation

1502, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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precipitation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of precipitation

: water that falls to the ground as rain, snow, etc.
technical : the process of separating a solid substance from a liquid

precipitation

noun
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion | \ pri-ˌsi-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce precipitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of precipitation

: water that falls to the earth as hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow

precipitation

noun
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion | \ pri-ˌsip-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce precipitation (audio) \

Medical Definition of precipitation

1a : the process of forming a precipitate from a solution
b : the process of precipitating or removing solid or liquid particles from a smoke or gas by electrical means

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