Definitions for precipitateprɪˈsɪp ɪˌteɪt; -tɪt, -ˌteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•cip•i•tateprɪˈsɪp ɪˌteɪt; -tɪt, -ˌteɪt(v.; adj., n.; adj.; n.)-tat•ed, -tat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely or suddenly:

    to precipitate a crisis.

  2. to fling or hurl down.

  3. to cast violently or abruptly:

    to precipitate oneself into a struggle.

  4. to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution, as by means of a reagent.

    Category: Chemistry

  5. (v.i.)to fall to the earth's surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.

    Category: Meteorology

  6. to separate from a solution as a precipitate.

    Category: Chemistry

  7. to be cast down headlong.

  8. (adj.)done or made without sufficient deliberation; overhasty; rash:

    a precipitate marriage.

  9. rushing or falling headlong.

  10. proceeding rapidly or with great haste:

    a precipitate retreat.

  11. exceedingly sudden or abrupt.

  12. (n.)a substance precipitated from a solution.

    Category: Chemistry

  13. moisture condensed in the form of rain, snow, etc.

    Category: Meteorology

Origin of precipitate:

1520–30; < L praecipitātus, ptp. of praecipitāre to hurl down, cause to fall, v. der. of praeceps, s. praecipit- (see precipice , -ate1)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. precipitate(adj)

    a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering

  2. hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitant, precipitous(verb)

    done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    "hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare; "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes; "rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion"; "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"

  3. precipitate(verb)

    bring about abruptly

    "The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution"

  4. precipitate(verb)

    separate as a fine suspension of solid particles

  5. precipitate, come down, fall(verb)

    fall from clouds

    "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"

  6. precipitate(verb)

    fall vertically, sharply, or headlong

    "Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"

  7. precipitate(verb)

    hurl or throw violently

    "The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precipitate(adj)

    overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war

  2. Precipitate(adj)

    lacking due deliberation or care; hurried; said or done before the time; as, a precipitate measure

  3. Precipitate(adj)

    falling, flowing, or rushing, with steep descent; headlong

  4. Precipitate(adj)

    ending quickly in death; brief and fatal; as, a precipitate case of disease

  5. Precipitate(noun)

    an insoluble substance separated from a solution in a concrete state by the action of some reagent added to the solution, or of some force, such as heat or cold. The precipitate may fall to the bottom (whence the name), may be diffused through the solution, or may float at or near the surface

  6. Precipitate(verb)

    to throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height

  7. Precipitate(verb)

    to urge or press on with eager haste or violence; to cause to happen, or come to a crisis, suddenly or too soon; as, precipitate a journey, or a conflict

  8. Precipitate(verb)

    to separate from a solution, or other medium, in the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor when in solution with alcohol

  9. Precipitate(verb)

    to dash or fall headlong

  10. Precipitate(verb)

    to hasten without preparation

  11. Precipitate(verb)

    to separate from a solution as a precipitate. See Precipitate, n


  1. Precipitate

    Precipitate is an EP by New York City-based Indie-rock band Interpol. It features two tracks not on albums "Precipitate" and "Song Seven". The featured version of "A Time To Be So Small" is different from the one re-recorded and released three years later on Antics and "PDA" differs from the one released on Turn on the Bright Lights and Fukd ID #3. The EP was limited to 500 copies. It was sold a year before Interpol's critically acclaimed album Turn on the Bright Lights was released.

Anagrams of precipitate

  1. Peripatetic

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the substance that settles at the bottom of a liquid.

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