precipitation

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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

Examples of precipitation in a Sentence

  1. The weather forecast calls for some sort of frozen precipitation tomorrow—either snow or sleet.

  2. a 50 percent chance of precipitation

  3. Minerals are separated from the seawater by precipitation.

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First Known Use of precipitation

1502

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PRECIPITATION Defined for English Language Learners

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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

precipitation

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

Definition of precipitation for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

precipitation

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noun pre·cip·i·ta·tion \ pri-ˌsip-ə-ˈtā-shən \

medical Definition of precipitation

1 a :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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