[syn: haste, hastiness, hurry, hurriedness, precipitation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Precipitation \Pre*cip`i*ta"tion\, n. [L. praecipitatio: cf. F.
1. The act of precipitating, or the state of being
precipitated, or thrown headlong.
In peril of precipitation
From off rock Tarpeian. --Shak.
2. A falling, flowing, or rushing downward with violence and
The hurry, precipitation, and rapid motion of the
water, returning . . . towards the sea. --Woodward.
3. Great hurry; rash, tumultuous haste; impetuosity. "The
precipitation of inexperience." --Rambler.
4. (Chem.) The act or process of precipitating from a
5. (Meteorology) A deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain,
sleet, or snow; also, the quantity of water deposited.
Note: Deposits of dew, fog, and frost are not regarded by the
United States Weather Bureau as precipitation. Sleet
and snow are melted, and the record of precipitation
shows the depth of the horizontal layers of water in
hundredths of an inch or in millimeters.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place
within a specified period of time; "the storm brought
several inches of precipitation"
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) [syn: precipitation, downfall]
4: the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
5: an unexpected acceleration or hastening; "he is responsible
for the precipitation of his own demise"
6: overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon
regretted his haste" [syn: haste, hastiness, hurry,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
128 Moby Thesaurus words for "precipitation":
Scotch mist, abruptness, air speed, alacrity, alluvion, alluvium,
ash, blood rain, carelessness, celerity, cinder, clinker, deposit,
deposition, deposits, desperateness, devil-may-careness, diluvium,
dispatch, downcast, downpour, downthrow, draff, dregs, drizzle,
dross, ember, evening mist, expedition, expeditiousness, fall,
fastness, feces, feverishness, flight, flit, flurry, forwardness,
froth, furiousness, gout of rain, ground speed, grounds, hail,
haste, hastiness, heedlessness, hotheadedness, hurriedness, hurry,
impatience, impetuosity, impetuousness, impulse, impulsiveness,
instantaneousness, knots, lees, lightning speed, loess,
miles per hour, mist, misty rain, mizzle, moisture, moraine,
offscum, overeagerness, overenthusiasm, overhastiness, overthrow,
overturn, overzealousness, patter, pitter-patter, precipitance,
precipitancy, precipitate, precipitateness, precipitousness,
precociousness, precocity, prematureness, prematurity, promptitude,
promptness, quickness, rain, raindrop, rainfall, rainwater,
rapidity, rashness, recklessness, round pace, rpm, rush, scoria,
scum, sediment, sedimentation, settlings, sheet of rain, shower,
showers, silt, sinter, slag, sleet, smut, snappiness, snow,
snowfall, soot, speed, speediness, splatter, sprinkle, sublimate,
suddenness, swift rate, swiftness, unfrozen hydrometeor,
untimeliness, velocity, wantonness, wet, wildness