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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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 on the Web The first three months of this year marked the driest start to the calendar year in California history, with statewide precipitation at only 15% of average. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 And as temperatures drop heading into the weekend, some snow could mix in with that precipitation between about 3 a.m. and 9 a.m. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 But Fox noted that the reservoirs really only have winter and fall to fill up again with precipitation. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2022 Rainfall associated with the storm system will expand into the Midwest Tuesday, with some wintry precipitation possible in the northern Great Lakes region. Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 Our brief burst of summery weather is in the rearview mirror as colder air returns along with some unpleasant precipitation by tomorrow morning. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 With all the recent precipitation the hikes have the potential to offer some stellar Ozarks sights, Peterson says. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 27 Feb. 2022 While the storm lashes states with mixed precipitation, record-breaking low temperatures are possible along portions of the West Coast. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 25 Feb. 2022 Officials are worried about the upcoming forecast with no precipitation expected until at least next week. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Precipitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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


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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