- præcipitate (obsolete)
From Latin praecipitatus, from praecipitō (“throw down, hurl down, throw headlong”), from praeceps (“head foremost, headlong”), from prae (“before”) + caput (“head”). Its English equivalent is probably analysable as precipice + -ate.
common but often proscribed:
- (transitive) To make something happen suddenly and quickly.
- Synonyms: advance, accelerate, hasten, speed up
- to precipitate a journey, or a conflict
- it precipitated their success
- 1737, Richard Glover, Leonidas Book 4
- Back to his sight precipitates her steps.
- (transitive) To throw an object or person from a great height.
- 1822 May 21, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “Hawking”, in Bracebridge Hall, or The Humourists. A Medley. […], volume I, New York, N.Y.: […] C. S. Van Winkle, […], →OCLC, page 182:
- In gallopping heedlessly along, with her eyes turned upwards, she had unwarily approached too near the bank; it had given way with her, and she and her horse had been precipitated to the pebbled margin of the river.
- (transitive) To send violently into a certain state or condition.
- we were precipitated into a conflict
- (intransitive, chemistry) To come out of a liquid solution into solid form.
- Adding the acid will cause the salt to precipitate.
- (transitive, chemistry) To separate a substance out of a liquid solution into solid form.
- (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.
- (transitive) To cause (water in the air) to condense or fall to the ground.
- (intransitive) To fall headlong.
- (intransitive) To act too hastily; to be precipitous.
- headlong; falling steeply or vertically.
- 1718, Matthew Prior, Solomon, book 2, lines 853–854:
- When the full stores their ancient bounds disdain, / Precipitate the furious torrent flows.
- Very steep; precipitous.
- Synonym: brant
- With a hasty impulse; hurried; headstrong.
- 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XI, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], published 1842, →OCLC, page 145:
- Though thoughtful far beyond your years, you are very inexperienced; and I would not have a preference that may originate in your little knowledge of others, or a romantic exaggeration of slight kindnesses, lead you into a precipitate union with me, unless you most seriously examine your own heart, and weigh the various consequences.
- Moving with excessive speed or haste; overly hasty.
- The king was too precipitate in declaring war.
- a precipitate case of disease
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- 'One moment!" said Malone. "I beg, sir, that you will not be precipitate. I value your friendship too much to risk the loss of it if it can, in any way, be avoided."
- Performed very rapidly or abruptly.
- (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈsɪpɪtət/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪtət/
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- (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪteɪt/
precipitate (plural precipitates)
- a product resulting from a process, event, or course of action
- (chemistry) a solid that exits the liquid phase of a solution
- “precipitate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “precipitate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “precipitate”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
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