What does precipitate mean?

Definitions for precipitateprɪˈsɪp ɪˌteɪt; -tɪt, -ˌteɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precipitate.

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"


  1. Precipitate(n.)

    atmospheric moisture condensed as rain or snow, etc.; same as precipitation.

  2. Origin: [NL. praecipitatum: cf. F. prcipit.]

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

  12. Origin: [NL. praecipitatum: cf. F. prcipit.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precipitate

    prē-sip′i-tāt, v.t. to throw head-foremost: to urge with eagerness: to hurry rashly: to hasten: (chem.) to cause to fall to the bottom, as a substance in solution or suspension.—v.i. to fall headlong: to make too great haste.—adj. falling, flowing, or rushing headlong: lacking deliberation: overhasty: (med.) ending soon in death.—n. (chem.) a part of a solution, falling or causing to fall to the bottom.—n. Precipitabil′ity.—adj. Precip′itable (chem.), that may be precipitated.—ns. Precip′itance, Precip′itancy, quality of being precipitate: haste in resolving or executing a purpose.—adj. Precip′itant, falling headlong: rushing down with too great velocity: hasty: unexpectedly brought on.—n. anything that causes part of a solution to fall to the bottom.—advs. Precip′itantly; Precip′itātely, in a precipitate manner: headlong: without due thought.—n. Precipitā′tion, act of precipitating: great hurry: rash haste: rapid movement: (chem.) the process by which any substance is made to separate from another in solution, and fall to the bottom.—adj. Precip′itātive.—n. Precipitā′tor, one who, or that which, precipitates or causes precipitation.—Precipitate ointment is of two kinds, red and white—the former containing red oxide of mercury, the latter ammoniated mercury. [L. præcipitāre, -ātumpræceps.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precipitate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precipitate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nevsun Chief Executive Cliff Davis:

    They are getting more realistic and that will precipitate more M&A.

  2. Henry J. Tillman:

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

  3. Lindsey Dougherty:

    I found about twice as much precipitate in the disturbed clam than in the calm clam that I just left alone.

  4. Herodotus:

    Those who are guided by reason are generally successful in their plans; those who are rash and precipitate seldom enjoy the favour of the gods.

  5. Irwin Michael:

    Yesterday probably indicates the Federal Reserve will probably postpone any interest rate increase for fear that it could precipitate another decline like yesterday.

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Translations for precipitate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • sraženinaCzech
  • niederschlagen, stürzen, hinabwerfen, beschleunigen, herabstürzen, vorantreiben, ausfällenGerman
  • κατακρημνίζω, ίζημαGreek
  • precipitar, condensar, tirar abajo, arrojarSpanish
  • nopeuttaa, syöstä, kiihdyttää, paiskata, saostuma, kohtisuora, hätiköity, äkkijyrkkä, sataa, saos, saostaa, hätäinen, tulos, syöksyvä, jouduttaa, kiirehtiä, saostuaFinnish
  • précipiterFrench
  • comhdhlúthaighIrish
  • לְמַהֵרHebrew
  • 沈殿させますJapanese
  • 침전물Korean
  • whakauruhiMāori
  • chanqaykuyQuechua
  • precipita, accelera, condensa, a se depune, grăbiRomanian
  • осадокRussian
  • çökelek, çökelti, tortuTurkish
  • 沉淀Chinese

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