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English noun: precipitation

1. precipitation (quantity) the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time

SamplesThe storm brought several inches of precipitation.

Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

2. precipitation (process) the process of forming a chemical precipitate

Broader (hypernym)chemical action, chemical change, chemical process

3. precipitation (phenomenon) the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)


Broader (hypernym)atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition

Narrower (hyponym)fine spray, hail, rain, rainfall, sleet, snow, snowfall, virga

Part holonymdiamond dust, frost mist, frost snow, ice crystal, ice needle, poudrin, snow mist

4. precipitation (event) the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height

Broader (hypernym)drop, fall

5. precipitation (attribute) an unexpected acceleration or hastening

SamplesHe is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise.

Broader (hypernym)acceleration

6. precipitation (attribute) overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

SamplesHe soon regretted his haste.

Synonymshaste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry

Broader (hypernym)fastness, speed, swiftness

Narrower (hyponym)abruptness, precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, precipitousness, suddenness

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