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Precipitate meaning

precipitate - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war.
  2. 2. Lacking due deliberation or care; hurried; said or done before the time; as, a precipitate measure.
  3. 3. Falling, flowing, or rushing, with steep descent; headlong.
  4. 4. Ending quickly in death; brief and fatal; as, a precipitate case of disease.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height.
  7. 7. To urge or press on with eager haste or violence; to cause to happen, or come to a crisis, suddenly or too soon; as, precipitate a journey, or a conflict.
  8. 8. To separate from a solution, or other medium, in the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor when in solution with alcohol.
  9. 9. To dash or fall headlong.
  10. 10. To hasten without preparation.
  11. 11. To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See Precipitate, n.
  12. 12. A substance thrown to the bottom of a solution.
  13. 13. Precipitation.
  14. 14. Steep; over- hasty.
  15. 15. To throw headlong; hasten; throw to the bottom.

precipitate - examples of usage

  1. But he was not precipitate. - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  2. Dolph did not wait for a second shot, but made a precipitate retreat; fearing every moment to hear the enemy in pursuit. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. That he did not join in this precipitate retreat, might have been owing to his possessing a little more courage than his companions, or perhaps that he had caught a glimpse of the cause of their dismay, in a nest of chimney swallows, that came tumbling down into the fire- place. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
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