Definitions for Precipitationprɪˌsɪp ɪˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•cip•i•ta•tionprɪˌsɪp ɪˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. falling products of condensation in the atmosphere, as rain, snow, or hail. the amount of rain, snow, hail, or the like that has fallen at a given place within a given period, usu. expressed in inches or centimeters of water.

    Category: Meteorology

  2. the act of precipitating; state of being precipitated.

  3. the precipitating of a substance from a solution.

    Category: Chemistry, Physics

  4. rash haste.

Origin of precipitation:

1425–75; < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. precipitation(noun)

    the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time

    "the storm brought several inches of precipitation"

  2. precipitation(noun)

    the process of forming a chemical precipitate

  3. precipitation, downfall(noun)

    the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

  4. precipitation(noun)

    the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height

  5. precipitation(noun)

    an unexpected acceleration or hastening

    "he is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise"

  6. haste, hastiness, hurry, hurriedness, precipitation(noun)

    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

    "he soon regretted his haste"


  1. precipitation(Noun)

    Any or all of the forms of water particles, whether liquid or solid, that fall from the atmosphere (e.g., rain, hail, snow or sleet). It is a major class of hydrometeor, but it is distinguished from cloud, fog, dew, rime, frost, etc., in that it must fall. It is distinguished from cloud and virga in that it must reach the ground.

  2. precipitation(Noun)

    A hurried headlong fall.

  3. precipitation(Noun)

    A reaction that leads to the formation of a heavier solid in a lighter liquid; the precipitate so formed at the bottom of the container.

  4. precipitation(Noun)

    Unwise or rash rapidity; sudden haste.

    had acted with some precipitation and had probably started out upon a wild-goose chase -- Dorothy Sayers

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precipitation(noun)

    the act of precipitating, or the state of being precipitated, or thrown headlong

  2. Precipitation(noun)

    a falling, flowing, or rushing downward with violence and rapidity

  3. Precipitation(noun)

    great hurry; rash, tumultuous haste; impetuosity

  4. Precipitation(noun)

    the act or process of precipitating from a solution


  1. Precipitation

    In meteorology, recipitation is any product of the condensation of atmospheric water vapour that falls under gravity. The main forms of precipitation include drizzle, rain, sleet, snow, graupel and hail. Precipitation occurs when a local portion of the atmosphere becomes saturated with water vapour, so that the water condenses and "precipitates". Thus, fog and mist are not precipitation but suspensions, because the water vapour does not condense sufficiently to precipitate. Two processes, possibly acting together, can lead to air becoming saturated: cooling the air or adding water vapour to the air. Generally, precipitation will fall to the surface; an exception is virga which evaporates before reaching the surface. Precipitation forms as smaller droplets coalesce via collision with other rain drops or ice crystals within a cloud. Rain drops range in size from oblate, pancake-like shapes for larger drops, to small spheres for smaller drops. Unlike raindrops, snowflakes grow in a variety of different shapes and patterns, determined by the temperature and humidity characteristics of the air the snowflake moves through on its way to the ground. While snow and ice pellets require temperatures close to the ground to be near or below freezing, hail can occur during much warmer temperature regimes due to the process of its formation.

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the amount of rain or snow that falls on the ground.

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