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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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 Aside from wet conditions on roads in the Milwaukee area, Gagan said the precipitation is not expected to affect commuters on Tuesday. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rain/snow mix for Milwaukee on election day; up to 11 inches farther north in Wisconsin," 2 Apr. 2018 More precipitation was expected overnight, which could spoil weekend trout fishing success. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for March 30: Rain, wind put a damper on local fishing," 30 Mar. 2018 With a precipitation total of 0.71 inches, compared with a monthly average of 4.14, and an average high of 96.8 degrees, last month ended as the 24th-driest and third-hottest June on record. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "After a hot and dry June, the forecast is largely unchanged," 4 July 2018 For the Monday commute, precipitation chance remains at 60 percent and the day’s high is supposed to be 88. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Watch out: DeKalb could be stormy this weekend," 30 June 2018 Other research suggests that deforestation could affect regional precipitation patterns. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "2017 Was a Really Bad Year for Tropical Forests," 28 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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