precipitation

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

Essential Meaning of precipitation

1 : water that falls to the ground as rain, snow, etc. The weather forecast calls for some sort of frozen precipitation tomorrow—either snow or sleet. a 50 percent chance of precipitation
2 technical : the process of separating a solid substance from a liquid Minerals are separated from the seawater by precipitation.

Full 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Heavy precipitation was expected Sunday evening in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and southern Missouri, bringing 1-3 inches of rain to areas that have already absorbed more than what’s typical, according to AccuWeather. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 More precipitation and thunderstorms are expected, thanks to a front and dry line that will move through the area this week. Teresa Velasco, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2021 Significant precipitation is not expected, although it is badly needed. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 The precipitation is expected to start closer to 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2021 At least no more precipitation is expected this week through this weekend. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 The heavy precipitation is expected to turn into chance showers Monday night through Tuesday night in Portland. oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2021 The precipitation is expected to continue to be mostly light snow Friday, especially in the Hartford area. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 19 Feb. 2021 The heaviest precipitation is expected Tuesday night into Thursday. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'precipitation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Precipitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precipitation. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for precipitation

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

noun
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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