Meaning of PRECIPITATION in English

(ˌ)prēˌsipəˈtāshən, prə̇ˌs- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin praecipitation-, praecipitatio, from praecipitatus + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : the quality or state of being precipitate : precipitancy , haste

had acted with some precipitation and had probably started out upon a wild-goose chase — Dorothy Sayers


a. : an act, process, or instance of precipitating

a precipitation of this issue … at the present time — A.H.Vandenberg


(1) : the process of forming a precipitate from a solution — compare coagulation 1b, flocculation 1

(2) : the process of precipitating or removing solid or liquid particles from a smoke or gas by electrical means : electrostatic precipitation

b. : a deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, or snow ; also : the quantity of water deposited

3. : something precipitated ; specifically : precipitate 1

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