Definition of precipitation
2 : an act, process, or instance of precipitating; especially : the process of forming a precipitate
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.
Recent Examples of precipitation from the Web
The National Weather Service doesn’t expect any significant precipitation this week.
Chicago's weather observations initially consisted of daily high and low temperatures and precipitation, and were extremely accurate.
Precipitation is notoriously hard to model, yet predictions for later this century are basically unanimous: unprecedented droughts nearly everywhere food is today produced.
Algae blooms thrive in warmer water, though, and increased precipitation and glacial melt might promote further growth in Alaska.
Across the metropolitan area, precipitation totals ranged from more than twice the month's normal 3.45 inches across far northern sections to about half of normal across the south suburbs.
When adjusted for annual precipitation, Mobile improves to 18th overall.
Sunday: A 70 percent chance of precipitation with highs near 85.
But earlier in the morning Tropical Storm Cindy gave the area a break from her waves of precipitation, allowing glimmers of blue sky and even sunlight to penetrate the gray.
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First Known Use of precipitation
PRECIPITATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precipitation for English Language Learners
: water that falls to the ground as rain, snow, etc.
: the process of separating a solid substance from a liquid
PRECIPITATION Defined for Kids
Definition of precipitation for Students
: water that falls to the earth as hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow
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