precipitate

[v. pri-sip-i-teyt; adj., n. pri-sip-i-tit, -teyt]
verb (used with object), precipitated, precipitating.
1.
to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
2.
to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.
3.
to cast, plunge, or send, especially violently or abruptly: He precipitated himself into the struggle.
4.
Chemistry. to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution, as by means of a reagent.
verb (used without object), precipitated, precipitating.
5.
Meteorology. to fall to the earth's surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.
6.
to separate from a solution as a precipitate.
7.
to be cast or thrown down headlong.
adjective
8.
headlong: a precipitate fall down the stairs.
9.
rushing headlong or rapidly onward.
10.
proceeding rapidly or with great haste: a precipitate retreat.
11.
exceedingly sudden or abrupt: a precipitate stop; a precipitate decision.
12.
done or made without sufficient deliberation; overhasty; rash: a precipitate marriage.
noun
13.
Chemistry. a substance precipitated from a solution.
14.
moisture condensed in the form of rain, snow, etc.

Origin:
1520–30; (v. and adj.) < Latin praecipitātus (past participle of praecipitāre to cast down headlong), equivalent to praecipit- (stem of praeceps steep; see precipice) + -ātus -ate1; (noun) < Neo-Latin praecipitātum a precipitate, noun use of neuter of praecipitātus

precipitately, adverb
precipitateness, noun
precipitative, adjective
precipitator, noun
nonprecipitative, adjective
unprecipitate, adjective
unprecipitately, adverb
unprecipitateness, noun
unprecipitated, adjective
unprecipitative, adjective
unprecipitatively, adverb

precipitate, precipitous.


1. accelerate. 4. crystallize. 12. reckless, impetuous.


1. retard. 12. careful.
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precipitate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to cause to happen too soon or sooner than expected; bring on
2.  to throw or fall from or as from a height
3.  to cause (moisture) to condense and fall as snow, rain, etc, or (of moisture, rain, etc) to condense and fall thus
4.  chem to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a dissolved substance separates from solution as a fine suspension of solid particles
 
adj
5.  rushing ahead
6.  done rashly or with undue haste
7.  sudden and brief
 
n
8.  chem a precipitated solid in its suspended form or after settling or filtering
 
[C16: from Latin praecipitāre to throw down headlong, from praeceps headlong, steep, from prae before, in front + caput head]
 
pre'cipitable
 
adj
 
precipita'bility
 
n
 
pre'cipitately
 
adv
 
pre'cipitateness
 
n
 
pre'cipitative
 
adj
 
pre'cipitator
 
n

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precipitate
"to hurl or fling down," 1528, from L.L. præcipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from præceps (see precipitation). Meaning "to cause to happen" is recorded from 1625. Chemical sense is from 1644; meteorological sense first attested 1863.
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precipitate pre·cip·i·tate (prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-tāt', -tĭt)
n.

  1. A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.

  2. A punctate opacity on the posterior surface of the cornea developing from inflammatory cells in the vitreous body. Also called punctate keratitis.

v. pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing, pre·cip·i·tates (-tāt')
  1. To cause a solid substance to be separated from a solution.

  2. To be separated from a solution as a solid.

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precipitate  
Verb  
  1. (prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-tāt')

  2. To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.

  3. To separate as a solid from a solution in chemical precipitation.


Noun  
  1. (prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-tāt', -tĭt)

  2. A solid material precipitated from a solution.


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precipitate [(pri-sip-uh-tayt, pri-sip-uh-tuht)]

In chemistry, a solid material that is formed in a solution by chemical reactions and settles to the bottom of the container in which the reaction takes place. A precipitate may also be a substance removed from another by an artificial filter.

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Example sentences
The rope broke and he was precipitated to the bed of the creek.
The year has precipitated a deeply painful personal and professional unmooring.
The political upheavals that precipitated the war also bestowed gifts.
The fat is mixed with enzymes and centrifuged, then the precipitated cells are
  centrifuged again.
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