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


haste, hastiness, hurry, hustle, precipitousness, rush


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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Rains subsided by midday Tuesday but weather officials predicted more heavy precipitation in the next three days. Rafiq Maqbool,, "Multiple walls collapse in India monsoon rains, 31 killed," 2 July 2019 In a park famous for its lack of rain—Death Valley averages less than two inches of precipitation a year—the Inn’s sustainability practices help maintain a diverse oasis critical to migrating birds and native flora. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "These historic lodges are the perfect way to see North America’s wild parks," 2 July 2019 The number of water rescues continues to rise as Clear Creek is moving swiftly and the water levels are high because of snowmelt and increased precipitation. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Amid rising death and missing tolls on Colorado rivers, MillerCoors employees jump to action to save woman in Clear Creek," 1 July 2019 Afterward, there’s no precipitation in the city’s seven-day forecast., "Portland metro Monday weather: Chance of showers, thunderstorms after noon," 1 July 2019 Warmer weather is expected to return in July, especially in the second half of the month, and authorities warn that, notwithstanding the above-average precipitation for the 2018-19 season, California faces an intense fire season. Paul Duginski,, "How did California’s rainfall season measure up? Good, but not great," 29 June 2019 When the jet stream dips south, polar air fills in the trough, bringing heavy rains and cooler-than-usual temperatures, as has happened across much of the United States with a record-late arrival of spring and above-average precipitation. Denise Chow, NBC News, "A strange, wavy jet stream is blasting Europe with heat. Scientists say this could be the 'new normal.'," 29 June 2019 No precipitation is found in the forecast for either day. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Dave Matthews Band returns to Ruoff: What you need to know," 28 June 2019 Heavy precipitation can decrease salt levels in the Gulf, spelling trouble for saltwater dolphins. Currie Engel, Time, "Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead at a Disturbing Rate This Year — And Scientists Aren't Sure Why," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of precipitation

1502, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of precipitation was in 1502

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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


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


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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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