precipitation

noun
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion | \ pri-ˌsi-pə-ˈtā-shən \

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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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 The weekend is expected to be dry with no precipitation expected until Sunday night, when an approaching storm system is expected to bring a round of snow that should persist into Monday morning. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Spring weather still a no-show as chill persists," 7 Apr. 2018 Adding to the situation is an abundance of cold air available to turn any precipitation into snow, said Gary Best, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, "New York, Get Ready for Another Snow-Dumping Nor'easter," 19 Mar. 2018 Researchers have reported that low precipitation started the state's drought, but unyielding heat has perpetuated it. National Geographic, "Mudslides, Wildfires, and Drought—California's Deadly Weather Explained," 10 Jan. 2018 Above average precipitation is possible in parts of Alaska, throughout the Southeast and Southwest, and through the eastern seaboard. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "NOAA Predicts Winter Is Going to Be Warmer Than Usual for Most of the United States," 22 Oct. 2018 But no precipitation and low winds were in the forecast for Thursday. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018 Noah Berger/AP Images The day before the uncommonly deadly Camp Fire ignited near Chico, California, meteorologists were warning of unprecedented dryness from heat, winds, low humidity, and lack of precipitation. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground," 15 Nov. 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 \

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 \

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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