Definition of Precipitate

1. Noun. A precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering.

Specialized synonyms: Sludge
Generic synonyms: Solid

2. Verb. Bring about abruptly. "The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution"
Generic synonyms: Effect, Effectuate, Set Up
Derivative terms: Precipitant, Precipitation

3. Adjective. Done with very great haste and without due deliberation. "Wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"

4. Verb. Separate as a fine suspension of solid particles.
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Precipitant, Precipitation, Precipitator

5. Verb. Fall from clouds. "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
Exact synonyms: Come Down, Fall
Entails: Condense, Distil, Distill
Related verbs: Fall
Specialized synonyms: Rain, Rain Down, Spat, Snow, Hail, Sleet
Derivative terms: Precipitation, Precipitation

6. Verb. Fall vertically, sharply, or headlong. "Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"
Generic synonyms: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Derivative terms: Precipitation

7. Verb. Hurl or throw violently. "The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below"
Generic synonyms: Cast, Hurl, Hurtle
Derivative terms: Precipitation, Precipitation

Definition of Precipitate

1. a. Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war.

2. n. An insoluble substance separated from a solution in a concrete state by the action of some reagent added to the solution, or of some force, such as heat or cold. The precipitate may fall to the bottom (whence the name), may be diffused through the solution, or may float at or near the surface.

3. v. t. To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height.

4. v. i. To dash or fall headlong.

Definition of Precipitate

1. Verb. (transitive) To make something happen suddenly and quickly; hasten. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To throw an object or person from a great height. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To send violently into a certain state or condition. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive chemistry) To come out of a liquid solution into solid form. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive chemistry) To separate a substance out of a liquid solution into solid form. ¹

6. Verb. (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. ¹

7. Noun. A product resulting from a process, event, or course of action. ¹

8. Noun. (chemistry) A solid that exits the liquid phase of a solution. ¹

9. Adjective. headlong; falling steeply or vertically. ¹

10. Adjective. Very steep; precipitous. ¹

11. Adjective. With a hasty impulse; hurried; headstrong. ¹

12. Adjective. Moving with excessive speed or haste. ¹

13. Adjective. Performed very rapidly or abruptly. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Precipitate

precipitable water
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Literary usage of Precipitate

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1831)
"Improved Formula for preparing Red precipitate Ointment.—When red precipitate is finely powdered, it becomes of an orange colour. ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1912)
"Add 4% AgNO3 solution as long as a precipitate forms and then about 5 cc. more. ... CIO, gives a distinct precipitate of AgCl within 5 minutes, ..."

3. Analytical Chemistry by Frederick Pearson Treadwell (1921)
"If much precipitate forms, add to the mixture 10 cc. more of 6-normal potassium nitrite ... Dissolve the aluminium hydroxide precipitate, or a part of it, ..."

4. The Analyst (1879)
"374) the composition of the dried precipitate (at 100°C) is 3-82 per cent. ... 470) shows, in a very careful examination, that the precipitate dried at ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"Examination of a great many different kinds of precipitate in gels and other media shows that band formation occurs only when the precipitate is extremely ..."

6. Elements of the Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates by Gustav Mann, Walther Löb, Henry William Frederic Lorenz, Robert Wiedersheim, William Newton Parker, Thomas Jeffery Parker, Harry Clary Jones, Sunao Tawara, Leverett White Brownell, Max Julius Louis Le Blanc, Willis Rodney Whitney, John Wesley Brown, Wi (1906)
"Phospho-tungstic acid in the presence of a trace of HC1 gives a voluminous precipitate; if too much HC1 is present no precipitate is formed, ..."

7. Standard methods of chemical analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1917)
"Nearly neutralize with strong ammonia and finish by adding drop by drop from a burette, dilute ammonia until a slight permanent precipitate is formed. ..."

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