Definition of precipitation
2 : an act, process, or instance of precipitating; especially : the process of forming a precipitate
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.
Recent Examples of precipitation from the Web
Algae blooms thrive in warmer water, though, and increased precipitation and glacial melt might promote further growth in Alaska.
Across the metropolitan area, precipitation totals ranged from more than twice the month's normal 3.45 inches across far northern sections to about half of normal across the south suburbs.
But earlier in the morning Tropical Storm Cindy gave the area a break from her waves of precipitation, allowing glimmers of blue sky and even sunlight to penetrate the gray.
So how can mere heat without any precipitation or hazardous wind conditions ground a flight?
Ethiopia has also seen big changes in precipitation.
For some faults, that happens more frequently in late summer, when water levels are lowest and Earth has rebounded from a previously heavy precipitation load.
Now, however, the danger for wildfires has been reduced because of recent precipitation.
For a mere 2 bucks, thrill-seekers can enter a Hurricane Simulator booth that reproduces the effects of a big blow ... minus the precipitation, property damage and dread.
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First Known Use of precipitation
PRECIPITATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of precipitation for Students
: water that falls to the earth as hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow
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