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precipitation

noun [U] uk   /prɪˌsɪp.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us    /priː-/

precipitation noun [U] (RAIN)

specialized environment water that falls from the clouds towards the ground, especially as rain or snow: Hail and sleet are types of precipitation. The forecast is for dry, cloudy weather with no precipitation expected.RainSnow and iceCold

precipitation noun [U] (QUICK ACTION)

formal a way of behaving too quickly and without thinking: The prime minister has been accused of acting with precipitation over the crisis.Doing things without fear or proper thoughtHurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active

precipitation noun [U] (IN CHEMISTRY)

specialized chemistry a chemical process in which a solid substance is produced from a liquid: The compound is finally obtained by precipitation.Physical and chemical processes
(Definition of precipitation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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