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pre·cip·i·ta·tion

 (prĭ-sĭp′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. Meteorology
a. Any form of water, such as rain, snow, sleet, or hail, that falls to the earth's surface.
b. The quantity of such water falling in a specific area within a specific period.
2. A hastening or acceleration, especially one that is sudden or unexpected: He is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise.
3. Abrupt or impulsive haste.
4. A headlong fall or rush.
5. Chemistry The process of separating a substance from a solution as a solid.

precipitation

(prɪˌsɪpɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. (Physical Geography) meteorol
a. rain, snow, sleet, dew, etc, formed by condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere
b. the deposition of these on the earth's surface
c. the amount precipitated
2. (Chemistry) the production or formation of a chemical precipitate
3. the act of precipitating or the state of being precipitated
4. rash or undue haste
5. (Alternative Belief Systems) spiritualism the appearance of a spirit in bodily form; materialization

pre•cip•i•ta•tion

(prɪˌsɪp ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1.
a. falling products of condensation in the atmosphere, as rain, snow, or hail.
b. the amount of rain, snow, hail, or the like that has fallen at a given place within a given period, usu. expressed in inches or centimeters of water.
2. the act of precipitating; state of being precipitated.
3. the precipitating of a substance from a solution.
4. rash haste.
[1425–75; < Latin]

pre·cip·i·ta·tion

(prĭ-sĭp′ĭ-tā′shən)
A form of water, such as rain, snow, or sleet, that condenses from the atmosphere and falls to the Earth's surface.
precipitate, precipitation - Precipitate is from Latin praecipitare, "to throw or drive headlong"; precipitation first meant the action of falling or throwing down.
See also related terms for throwing.

precipitation

A term for the formation of water droplets, as water vapor in the air condenses, that are large enough to start to fall. If the temperature is above 32°F (0°C) it will fall as rain, below this temperature it will fall as snow, sleet, or hail.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precipitation - the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of timeprecipitation - the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time; "the storm brought several inches of precipitation"
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
2.precipitation - the process of forming a chemical precipitate
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
3.precipitation - the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
fine spray - precipitation in very small drops
hail - precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
rain, rainfall - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
sleet - partially melted snow (or a mixture of rain and snow)
snow, snowfall - precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
virga - light wispy precipitation that evaporates before it reaches the ground (especially when the lower air is low in humidity)
atmospheric condition, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
4.precipitation - the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
drop, fall - a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
5.precipitation - an unexpected acceleration or hastening; "he is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise"
acceleration - an increase in rate of change; "modern science caused an acceleration of cultural change"
6.precipitation - overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
fastness, swiftness, speed - a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens; "the project advanced with gratifying speed"
precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, suddenness, precipitousness, abruptness - the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning

precipitation

noun
2. Matter that settles on a bottom or collects on a surface by a natural process:
deposit, dreg (often used in plural), lees, precipitate, sediment.
Translations
srážkysrážení
nedbør
NiederschlagPräzipitationHast
úrkoma
zrážka
nederbördutfällning
yağışyağış miktarı

precipitation

[prɪˌsɪpɪˈteɪʃən] N (all senses) → precipitación f
the average annual precipitation (Met) → la media anual de precipitaciones

precipitation

[prɪˌsɪpɪˈteɪʃən] nprécipitation f

precipitation

n
(Met) → Niederschlag m
(= haste)Hast f, → Eile f; (= over-hastiness)Übereile f, → Übereiltheit f, → Überstürztheit f

precipitation

[prɪˌsɪpɪˈteɪʃn] nprecipitazione f

precipitate

(priˈsipiteit) noun
the substance that settles at the bottom of a liquid.
precipitation noun
the amount of rain or snow that falls on the ground.
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For instance, while rain and snow records go back more than a century in certain areas, scientists cannot use them to track global shifts in precipitaion because the available records lack information for vast areas of the Earth, including all oceans.