What does Precipitation mean?

Definitions for Precipitationprɪˌsɪp ɪˈteɪ ʃən

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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

  5. Origin: [L. praecipitatio: cf. F. prcipitation.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Precipitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Precipitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terrence Mushore:

    Models show deforestation could result in a decline in precipitation of more than 5 percent across Zimbabwe by 2050.

  2. Brian Fuchs:

    It's one little corner of the state, a desert region that had more precipitation than they usually do and that was enough.

  3. David Miskus:

    With four consecutive years of drought, this precipitation was just a start to moisten the soils for hopefully more (frozen preferred) precipitation this winter.

  4. Karl Setzer:

    There is really just no reason to buy (wheat), you throw in better chances of precipitation for the wheat belt in the United States, and we just see the money come back out again.

  5. Alan Haynes:

    Our wettest year on record in California was in 1983, when we saw nearly twice the normal amount of precipitation. Even if this year has more rain than that, we wouldn't get rid of the drought entirely.

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