precipitation

noun
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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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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For many farmers here, the sudden falloff in precipitation is reminiscent of the devastating drought of 2011 when Texas agriculture lost $7.6 billion, the worst losses on record in the state. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Farmers Across High Plains Brace for Hard Times as Drought Bears Down," 13 May 2018 Some areas, such as Bonney Lake, saw snowflakes Tuesday night, but most regions experienced the precipitation as good, old-fashioned rain. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Don’t worry, Seattle: Snow isn’t likely this week, despite earlier warning," 20 Feb. 2019 Given a higher pH and lack of oxygen, the researchers measured the precipitation of bits of an iron hydroxide mineral that would turn into magnetite within a few days. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The secret to Mars’ past warmth could be beneath Curiosity’s wheels," 9 Aug. 2018 Higher temperatures mean precipitation is increasingly falling as rain rather than snow. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 The previous record for rain in McAllen on June 21 was 1.4 inches, one-seventh of the precipitation seen in the last eight hours, Brady said. Daniel A. Flores And Molly Smith, San Antonio Express-News, "Storms slam Rio Grande Valley; hundreds rescued," 21 June 2018 But as the climate heats up, more of the precipitation that fell in California as snow will turn to rain. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Are Avocados Toast?," 24 May 2018 Any reports of 48 inches or more broke the record for tropical cyclone precipitation within the continental United States. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "NWS warns of busy hurricane season at conference," 13 May 2018 Folks were ready for rain -- the forecast called for precipitation mid-afternoon and not beyond -- with boots and rain hats. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Jazz Fest: See photos from 2nd Saturday at Fair Grounds," 5 May 2018

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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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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 How to pronounce precipitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of precipitation

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

precipitation

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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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