1. [ verb ] bring about abruptly

: "The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution"

Related terms: effect precipitation
2. [ verb ] (chemistry) separate as a fine suspension of solid particles
Synonyms: separate_from_solution
Related terms: change_state
3. [ noun ] (chemistry) a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering
Related terms: solid sludge
4. [ verb ] (chemistry) cause to separate from solution or suspension
Related terms: change_state separate precipitator
5. [ verb ] fall vertically, sharply, or headlong

"Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"

Related terms: drop descend precipitation
6. [ adjective ] done with very great haste and without due deliberation
Synonyms: overhasty precipitant precipitous hasty

"hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"

Related terms: hurried
7. [ verb ] hurl or throw violently

"The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below"

Related terms: hurl precipitation
8. [ verb ] fall from clouds
Synonyms: fall come_down

"rain, snow and sleet were falling" "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum."

Related terms: rain snow spat sleet hail fall precipitation condense
9. [ verb ] fall headlong
Related terms: descend
10. [ verb ] fall abruptly into a different condition
Related terms: fall
Similar spelling:   precipitately