Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “precipitation”

See all translations

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.

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.

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.
Translations of “precipitation”
in Chinese (Traditional) 雨, (尤指雨或雪的)降落, 降水…
in Russian осадки…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雨, (尤指雨或雪的)降落, 降水…
in Polish opad (atmosferyczny)…
(Definition of precipitation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of precipitation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “precipitation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More