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v. pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing, pre·cip·i·tates
1. To cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely: an announcement that precipitated a political crisis.
2. To cause to fall down from a height; hurl downward: "The finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below" (Thornton Wilder).
3. To put suddenly into a certain state or condition: "He was like a man who had never known liberty and was all at once precipitated into it" (Taylor Caldwell).
4. Meteorology To cause (a form of water, as rain or snow) to fall from the air.
5. Chemistry To cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution.
1. Meteorology To fall from the air as a form of water, such as rain or snow.
2. Chemistry To be separated from a solution as a solid.
adj. (-tĭt)
1. Moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong.
2. Acting with or marked by excessive haste and lack of due deliberation. See Synonyms at impetuous.
3. Occurring suddenly or unexpectedly.
n. (-tāt′, -tĭt)
1. Chemistry A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
2. A product resulting from a process, event, or course of action.

[Latin praecipitāre, praecipitāt-, to throw headlong, from praeceps, praecipit-, headlong : prae-, pre- + caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·cip′i·tate·ly (-tĭt-lē) adv.
pre·cip′i·tate·ness n.
pre·cip′i·ta′tive adj.
pre·cip′i·ta′tor n.
Usage Note: The adjective precipitate and the adverb precipitately were once applied to physical steepness but are now used primarily of rash, headlong actions: Their precipitate entry into the foreign markets led to disaster. He withdrew precipitately from the race. Precipitous currently means "steep" in both literal and figurative senses: the precipitous rapids of the upper river; a precipitous drop in commodity prices. But precipitous and precipitously are also frequently used to mean "abrupt, hasty," which takes them into territory that would ordinarily belong to precipitate and precipitately: their precipitous decision to leave. Many people object to this usage out of a desire to keep precipitate and precipitous distinct, but the extension of meaning from "steep" to "abrupt" is perfectly natural. After all a precipitous increase in reports of measles is also an abrupt or sudden event. In fact, a majority of the Usage Panel now accepts this usage. In our 2004 survey, 65 percent accepted the sentence Pressure to marry may cause precipitous decision-making that is not grounded in the reality of who you are and what you want from life.
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Noun1.precipitator - removes dust particles from gases by electrostatic precipitation
electrical device - a device that produces or is powered by electricity
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According to the report, electrostatic precipitators are mainly used in coal-fired plants to remove the ash particles from flue gases.
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We achieved a 90% reduction in particulate material p and 95% reduction in odorous emissions thanks to the electro-static precipitators installed in the boiler and lime oven and to the gas separation and capture system followed by burning in the lime oven," said Trecenti.
Some use electrostatic precipitators, which are charged plates that collect the particles before they are attracted to something else in the room.
American industry has invested billions of dollars in equipment to control air pollution, like scrubbers, baghouses, and electrostatic precipitators.
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The siren's loudness isn't likely tocreate a noise problem, because the siren would be encased within a large, thick-walled structure through which gases and entrained fly ash from the combustion of coal would pass on their way to cleanup devices such as electrostatic precipitators, baghouses and cyclones.