precipitate: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (v.pri-sip'i-tāt"adj., n.pri-sip'i-tit, -tāt"), [key]
— v., adj., n. -tat•ed, -tat•ing,
- to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
- to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.
- to cast, plunge, or send, esp. violently or abruptly: He precipitated himself into the struggle.
- to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution, as by means of a reagent.
- to fall to the earth's surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.
- to separate from a solution as a precipitate.
- to be cast or thrown down headlong.
- headlong: a precipitate fall down the stairs.
- rushing headlong or rapidly onward.
- proceeding rapidly or with great haste: a precipitate retreat.
- exceedingly sudden or abrupt: a precipitate stop; a precipitate decision.
- done or made without sufficient deliberation; overhasty; rash: a precipitate marriage.
- a substance precipitated from a solution.
- moisture condensed in the form of rain, snow, etc.
- precipitate (Thesaurus)