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

b : precipitate sense 1

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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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Skylights open via remote control, and automatically close if sensors detect precipitation. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Rare glass house carved into hillside hits the market in Olympia Fields," 14 July 2018 Since June 27, the last day of rain, Washington has received zero measurable precipitation. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Washington is in a ‘flash drought,’ with only fleeting chances of rain in the forecast," 12 July 2018 That'll begin to subside once the Valley sees significant precipitation. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018 Rain showers are a possibility Friday, but no precipitation is found in Saturday's forecast. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Dave Matthews Band at Ruoff: What you need to know," 5 July 2018 One 2013 study found that carbon dioxide levels alter precipitation and atmospheric circulation patterns independently of average warming. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "CO2 Can Directly Impact Extreme Weather, Research Suggests," 21 June 2018 Engineers have been pumping water out of the cave, but more precipitation is expected as the rainy season hits the area. Author: Shibani Mahtani, Anchorage Daily News, "Rescue of Thai youth soccer team trapped in cave could take months, warn officials," 3 July 2018 Engineers have been pumping water out of the cave, but more precipitation is expected as the rainy season hits the area. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Rescue of Thai youth soccer team trapped in cave could take months, warn officials," 3 July 2018 Lopez said precipitation expected from a storm Sunday was not expected to be enough to extinguish the fire before dry conditions return Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "New Mexico community evacuated as fire grows," 3 June 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.

: 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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