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definition of the word precipitate

by the Wiktionnary

From Late Latin praecipitō (throw down, hurl down)

Infinitive
to precipitate

Third person singular
precipitates

Simple past
precipitated

Past participle
precipitated

Present participle
precipitating

to precipitate (third-person singular simple present precipitates, present participle precipitating, simple past and past participle precipitated)

  1. (transitive) To make something happen suddenly and quickly; hasten.
  2. (transitive) To throw an object or person from a great height.
  3. (transitive) To send violently into a certain state or condition.
  4. (intransitive, chemistry) To come out of a liquid solution into solid form.
    Adding the acid will cause the salt to precipitate.
  5. (transitive, chemistry) To separate a substance out of a liquid solution into solid form.
  6. (intransitive, meteorology) To have water in the air fall to the ground, for example as rain, snow, sleet, or hail; be deposited as condensed droplets.
    It will precipitate tomorrow, but we don't know whether as rain or snow.


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