precipitation

noun

pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion pri-ˌsi-pə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce precipitation (audio)
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

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 on the Web It’s expected to bring 1.5 to 3 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley and up to 6 inches of precipitation in the mountains and foothills. Savanna Smith, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 The high will be around 65 degrees, and there’s an 80% chance of precipitation. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 16 Feb. 2024 The updating radar map above shows areas of precipitation in green, with greater intensities indicated by yellow and orange. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 The rest of the week is relatively tranquil with a warming trend into Thursday and Friday before a chance of light precipitation on Saturday. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Areas farther from the Chesapeake Bay are currently expected to get some snow, with the rainfall forecast to turn into a precipitation blend Tuesday morning in Hunt Valley and Westminster, and a slight chance of rain turning into snow near BWI Marshall Airport. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 11 Feb. 2024 Over Sunday and Monday, some parts of Southern California received almost half the amount of precipitation typical for an entire season. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Radar indicates a heavy band of precipitation swept through the area between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, with rain at lower elevations and snow at higher elevations. Haley Britzky, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 Most urban parts of the Bay Area are forecast to receive about a half-inch of rain Wednesday, while the Santa Cruz Mountains could get up to an inch of precipitation from the storm, according to Dalton Behringer, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1502, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of precipitation was in 1502

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Cite this Entry

“Precipitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precipitation. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

precipitation

noun
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion pri-ˌsip-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce precipitation (audio)
1
: unwise haste
2
: the process of precipitating or of forming a precipitate
3
: water or the amount of water that falls to the earth as hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow

Medical Definition

precipitation

noun
pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​tion pri-ˌsip-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce precipitation (audio)
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
2
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