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prɪˌsɪp ɪˈteɪ ʃənpre·cip·i·ta·tion

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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

    Etymology: [L. praecipitatio: cf. F. prcipitation.]

  2. Precipitation(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. praecipitatio: cf. F. prcipitation.]

  3. Precipitation(noun)

    great hurry; rash, tumultuous haste; impetuosity

    Etymology: [L. praecipitatio: cf. F. prcipitation.]

  4. Precipitation(noun)

    the act or process of precipitating from a solution

    Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of precipitation in a Sentence

  1. Dave Hennen:

    It's difficult enough to do a five-day forecast, we're really good at the day of and the next day, (and) we're better at temperature a ways out than precipitation. But to forecast out that far in advance ... even the science behind our long-range forecasting is sometimes not that solid.

  2. Brooke Bateman:

    It's a combination of changes in temperature, precipitation and vegetation, and birds are going to have to move and shift to keep up with these changes. And then on top of the range shifts, we also have the pressure of changes in sea level rise, urbanization, extreme weather events that are going to affect these species no matter where they go.

  3. 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.

  4. Jill Trepanier:

    The real increased threat from a warming climate is an atmosphere that's capable of producing higher intensity precipitation events.

  5. David Molden:

    The speculation to the link to climate change is we're getting more intense rainfall or precipitation, it's so hard to say that event was due to climate change. All of these things have a relation. To prove that would be difficult.

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