Precipitate
Precipitate Pre*cip"i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Precipitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Precipitating}.] 1. To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height. [1913 Webster]

She and her horse had been precipitated to the pebbled region of the river. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Back to his sight precipitates her steps. --Glover. [1913 Webster]

If they be daring, it may precipitate their designs, and prove dangerous. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) To separate from a solution, or other medium, in the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor when in solution with alcohol. [1913 Webster]

The light vapor of the preceding evening had been precipitated by the cold. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]


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  • Precipitate — Pre*cip i*tate, n. [NL. praecipitatum: cf. F. pr[ e]cipit[ e].] (Chem.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Precipitate — Pre*cip i*tate, a. [L. praecipitatus, p. p. of praecipitare to precipitate, fr. praeceps headlong. See {Precipice}.] 1. Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war. Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 2. Lacking due deliberation or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precipitate — precipitate, precipitous 1. The two words overlap in meaning and were used interchangeably from the 17c to the 19c. Precipitous has a physical meaning ‘sheer like a precipice’: • There was a precipitous wooden stair to the ground floor A. Craig,… …   Modern English usage

  • precipitate — adj Precipitate, headlong, abrupt, impetuous, hasty, sudden as applied to persons or their acts or be havior denote characterized by excessive haste and unexpectedness. Precipitate especially stresses lack of due deliberation; sometimes it… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Precipitate — Pre*cip i*tate, v. i. 1. To dash or fall headlong. [R.] [1913 Webster] So many fathom down precipitating. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To hasten without preparation. [R.] [1913 Webster] 3. (Chem.) To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precipitate — [v] hurry, speed accelerate, advance, bring on, cast, discharge, dispatch, expedite, fling, further, hasten, hurl, launch, let fly, press, push forward, quicken, send forth, speed up, throw, trigger; concepts 152,242,704 Ant. check, slow, wait… …   New thesaurus

  • precipitate — [prē sip′ə tāt΄, prisip′ə tāt΄; ] for adj. [ & ] n. [, prē sip′ə tit, pri sip′ətit, prē sip′ ə tāt΄, pri sip′ətāt΄] vt. precipitated, precipitating [< L praecipitatus, pp. of praecipitare < praeceps: see PRECIPICE] 1. to throw headlong;… …   English World dictionary

  • precipitate# — precipitate vb *speed, accelerate, quicken, hasten, hurry Analogous words: drive, impel (see MOVE vb): *force, compel, coerce, constrain precipitate n *deposit, sediment, dregs, lees, grounds …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • precipitate — I adjective abrupt, breakneck, foolhardy, harebrained, hasty, headlong, headstrong, heady, hellbent, hot headed, hurried, immediate, impetuous, imprudent, impulsive, inconsultus, indiscreet, injudicious, madcap, overconfident, overly hasty,… …   Law dictionary

  • precipitate — (v.) to hurl or fling down, 1520s, from L.L. praecipitare to throw or dive headlong, from praeceps (see PRECIPITATION (Cf. precipitation)). Meaning to cause to happen is recorded from 1620s. Chemical sense is from 1640s; meteorological sense… …   Etymology dictionary

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