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PRECIPITATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precipitation mean? 

PRECIPITATION (noun)
  The noun PRECIPITATION has 6 senses:

1. the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time
2. the process of forming a chemical precipitate
3. the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
4. the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
5. an unexpected acceleration or hastening
6. overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

  Familiarity information: PRECIPITATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECIPITATION (noun)


Sense 1precipitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context example:

the storm brought several inches of precipitation

Hypernyms ("precipitation" is a kind of...):

indefinite quantity (an estimated quantity)


Sense 2precipitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of forming a chemical precipitate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("precipitation" is a kind of...):

chemical action; chemical change; chemical process ((chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved)


Sense 3precipitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

downfall; precipitation

Hypernyms ("precipitation" is a kind of...):

atmospheric condition; weather; weather condition (the meteorological conditions: temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation)

Meronyms (parts of "precipitation"):

diamond dust; frost mist; frost snow; ice crystal; ice needle; poudrin; snow mist (small crystals of ice)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "precipitation"):

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))


Sense 4precipitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of casting down or falling headlong from a height

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("precipitation" is a kind of...):

drop; fall (a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity)


Sense 5precipitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unexpected acceleration or hastening

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

he is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise

Hypernyms ("precipitation" is a kind of...):

acceleration (an increase in rate of change)


Sense 6precipitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

haste; hastiness; hurriedness; hurry; precipitation

Context example:

he soon regretted his haste

Hypernyms ("precipitation" is a kind of...):

fastness; speed; swiftness (a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "precipitation"):

abruptness; precipitance; precipitancy; precipitateness; precipitousness; suddenness (the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning)


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