precipitation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n precipitation overly eager speed (and possible carelessness) "he soon regretted his haste"
    • n precipitation an unexpected acceleration or hastening "he is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise"
    • n precipitation the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
    • n precipitation the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
    • n precipitation the process of forming a chemical precipitate
    • n precipitation the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time "the storm brought several inches of precipitation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Due to precipitation, for a few weeks K2 was bigger than Mt Everest.
    • Precipitation (Meteorology) A deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow; also, the quantity of water deposited.
    • Precipitation A falling, flowing, or rushing downward with violence and rapidity. "The hurry, precipitation , and rapid motion of the water, returning . . . towards the sea."
    • Precipitation Great hurry; rash, tumultuous haste; impetuosity. "The precipitation of inexperience."
    • Precipitation The act of precipitating, or the state of being precipitated, or thrown headlong. "In peril of precipitation From off rock Tarpeian."
    • Precipitation (Chem) The act or process of precipitating from a solution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Precipitation causes K2 to be taller than Mount Everest for several weeks out of each year.
    • n precipitation The act of casting down from a height, or the state of being flung or hurled downward.
    • n precipitation Rapid motion; a hurrying or rushing onward.
    • n precipitation Haste; hurry; unwise or rash rapidity.
    • n precipitation In chem., the process by which any substance is made to separate from another or others in solution, and fall to the bottom.
    • n precipitation Moisture from the atmosphere deposited on the earth's surface, including dew, mist, rain, frost, snow, sleet, hail, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official definition of a desert is any land that where more water evaporates than is acquired through precipitation.
    • n Precipitation act of precipitating: great hurry: rash haste: rapid movement:
    • n Precipitation (chem.) the process by which any substance is made to separate from another in solution, and fall to the bottom
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praecipitatio,: cf. F. précipitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præcipitāre, -ātumpræceps.

Usage

In literature:

They fled precipitately as soon as they saw the Makololo, leaving their canoes and all their utensils and clothing.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
He crossed one precipitous place, with a fall of twoscore feet or less beneath him, and found worse ahead.
"The Research Magnificent" by H. G. Wells
Nothing is more foolish in sport than the habit of precipitation.
"Fisherman's Luck" by Henry van Dyke
What had occasioned this precipitate departure?
"The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie
The figures of misery would have precipitated the revolution that even now is gathering.
"The Iron Heel" by Jack London
We are even precipitate, and whip our way faster on the time-killing course than the natural event would take us.
"Ceres' Runaway" by Alice Meynell
And this slight incident precipitated the crisis.
"Selected Stories" by Bret Harte
About half an hour after all the other life forms had vanished, another plant-animal was precipitated out of space, in front of their eyes.
"A Voyage to Arcturus" by David Lindsay
They were shagged with dense and gloomy forests, and cut up by deep and precipitous ravines, extremely toilsome to the horses.
"Astoria Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains" by Washington Irving
Tarzan scanned the precipitous walls for an avenue of escape.
"Tarzan the Untamed" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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In poetry:

I've often thought that headstrong youths
Of decent education,
Determine all-important truths,
With strange precipitation.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
She dwelt among us till the flowers, 'tis said,
Grew jealous of her: with precipitate feet,
As loth to wrong them unawares, she fled.
Earth is less fragrant now, and heaven more sweet.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
From the fall precipitant
These dim snatches of her chant
Only have remain-ed mine;--
That from spear and thorn alone
May be grown
For the front of saint or singer any divinizing twine.
"The Mistress Of Vision" by Francis Thompson
In them these skies and airs—these mountain peaks—Shasta—Nevadas,
These huge, precipitous cliffs—this amplitude—these valleys grand—
Yosemite,
To be in them absorb'd, assimilated.
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman
The moist precipitation of the storm
Revives, refreshes and invigorates
The various vegetation, and bedews
Each blade of grass and floweret with a tear;
As nature, weeping o'er the faults of man.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King
HAST never come to thee an hour,
A sudden gleam divine, precipitating, bursting all these bubbles,
fashions, wealth?
These eager business aims—books, politics, art, amours,
To utter nothingness?
"Hast Never Come To Thee An Hour" by Walt Whitman

In news:

It was one of the most important precipitating acts leading to the American Revolution and ultimately the start of this great country.
The man who led Mitt Romney's outreach to Hispanic voters said Sunday the candidate "made some mistakes" during his campaign that ultimately led to a precipitous drop in Latino support.
Using data on Oct 12 gathered from TRMM's Precipitation Radar data.
The view, taken from the northwest, clearly showed the vertical structure of Prapiroon's precipitation and cloud heights.
Atlantic Wide Precipitable Water Image .
Western Atlantic Precipitable Water Image .
Caribbean Precipitable Water Image .
Central Atlantic Precipitable Water Image .
With the apparent demise of the Employee Free Choice Act legislation as well as the downturn in the economy, management labor lawyers foresaw a precipitous drop in union organizing activity in 2011 and 2012.
"I don't know what precipitated that specific incident," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said when announcing the investigation of Anthony Bologna by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Rain was a concern – Glover was worried about his footing, his grip on the javelin and the effects of the precipitation on the javelin 's flight.
The National Weather Service has issued their forecast for the temperature and precipitation trend for the month of July .
Types of precipitation include hail, sleet, snow, rain, and drizzle.
I've never seen actual precipitation amounts this close to the average yearly amount.
Inland Northwest Precipitation Totals - 48-Hours.
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In science:

In this work we describe the improved version of the SSM free from these shortcomings and show that this version describes the main characteristics of nucleation, including the density and sizes of precipitates, in a good agreement with the KMCM.
Studies of concentration and temperature dependencies of precipitation kinetics in iron-copper alloys using kinetic monte carlo and stochastic statistical simulations
Let us discuss the concentration and temperature dependencies of the kinetic characteristics of precipitation presented in Figs. 13-16.
Studies of concentration and temperature dependencies of precipitation kinetics in iron-copper alloys using kinetic monte carlo and stochastic statistical simulations
For the maximum precipitate density dmax , these dependencies shown in Figs. 13 and 15 are mainly determined by the reduced supersaturation s (defined in Eq. (2) and Table 1) which characterizes the scale of the thermodynamic driving force for precipitation.
Studies of concentration and temperature dependencies of precipitation kinetics in iron-copper alloys using kinetic monte carlo and stochastic statistical simulations
The temporal characteristics of precipitation shown in Figs. 14 and 16b decrease with increasing supersaturation s, which can be explained by an increase of the thermodynamic driving force.
Studies of concentration and temperature dependencies of precipitation kinetics in iron-copper alloys using kinetic monte carlo and stochastic statistical simulations
Let us discuss the precipitate size distributions νk (t) shown in Fig. 17.
Studies of concentration and temperature dependencies of precipitation kinetics in iron-copper alloys using kinetic monte carlo and stochastic statistical simulations
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