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precipitate (v.)

"to hurl or fling down," 1520s, a back formation from precipitation or else from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from praeceps (genitive praecipitis) "steep, headlong, headfirst," from prae "before, forth" (see pre-) + caput "head" (from PIE root *kaput- "head"). Meaning "to cause to happen, hurry the beginning of" is recorded from 1620s. Chemical sense is from 1620s; meteorological sense first attested 1863. Related: Precipitated; precipitating.

precipitate (adj.)

c. 1600, from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from praeceps (genitive praecipitis) "steep, headlong, headfirst," from prae "before, forth" (see pre-) + caput "head" (from PIE root *kaput- "head"). Meaning "hasty" is attested from 1650s. Related: Precipitately.

precipitate (n.)

in chemistry, "any substance which, having been dissolved in a fluid, falls to the bottom of the vessel on the addition of some other substance producing decomposition of the compound," 1560s, probably a back formation from precipitation.

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Definitions of precipitate from WordNet
1
precipitate (v.)
bring about abruptly;
The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution
precipitate (v.)
separate as a fine suspension of solid particles;
precipitate (v.)
fall from clouds;
Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum
Synonyms: come down / fall
precipitate (v.)
fall vertically, sharply, or headlong;
Our economy precipitated into complete ruin
precipitate (v.)
hurl or throw violently;
The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below
2
precipitate (n.)
a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering;
3
precipitate (adj.)
done with very great haste and without due deliberation; "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
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