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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Adjective


Noun Precipitate has 1 sense

Verb Precipitate has 5 senses

Adjective Precipitate has 1 sense

  • precipitate(s = adj.all) hasty, overhasty, precipitant, precipitous - done with very great haste and without due deliberation; "hasty marriage seldom proveth well"; "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"; "rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion"; "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"
  • Derived form noun precipitateness1


Precipitatea. [L. praecipitatus, p. p. of praecipitare to precipitate, fr. praeceps headlong. See Precipice.].
  •  Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war.  Clarendon.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Lacking due deliberation or care; hurried; said or done before the time; as, a precipitate measure.  Landor.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Falling, flowing, or rushing, with steep descent; headlong.  [1913 Webster]
    "Precipitate the furious torrent flows."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Ending quickly in death; brief and fatal; as, a precipitate case of disease.  Arbuthnot.  [1913 Webster]
Precipitaten. [NL. praecipitatum: cf. F. précipité.].
  •  An insoluble substance separated from a solution in a concrete state by the action of some reagent added to the solution, or of some force, such as heat or cold. The precipitate may fall to the bottom (whence the name), may be diffused through the solution, or may float at or near the surface.  [1913 Webster]
  •  atmospheric moisture condensed as rain or snow, etc.; same as precipitation{5}.  [PJC]
Red precipitate (Old. Chem), mercuric oxide (HgO) a heavy red crystalline powder obtained by heating mercuric nitrate, or by heating mercury in the air. Prepared in the latter manner, it was the precipitate per se of the alchemists. -- White precipitate (Old Chem.) (a) A heavy white amorphous powder (NH2.HgCl) obtained by adding ammonia to a solution of mercuric chloride or corrosive sublimate; -- formerly called also infusible white precipitate, and now amido-mercuric chloride. (b) A white crystalline substance obtained by adding a solution of corrosive sublimate to a solution of sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride); -- formerly called also fusible white precipitate.
Precipitatev. t. 
  •  To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height.  [1913 Webster]
    "She and her horse had been precipitated to the pebbled region of the river."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To urge or press on with eager haste or violence; to cause to happen, or come to a crisis, suddenly or too soon; as, precipitate a journey, or a conflict.  [1913 Webster]
    "Back to his sight precipitates her steps."  [1913 Webster]
    "If they be daring, it may precipitate their designs, and prove dangerous."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To separate from a solution, or other medium, in the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor when in solution with alcohol.  [1913 Webster]
    "The light vapor of the preceding evening had been precipitated by the cold."  [1913 Webster]
Precipitatev. i. 
  •  To dash or fall headlong.  [1913 Webster]
    "So many fathom down precipitating."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To hasten without preparation.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See Precipitate, n.  [1913 Webster]


Precipitate, v., adj., & n.
1 hasten the occurrence of; cause to occur prematurely.
2 (foll. by into) send rapidly into a certain state or condition (were precipitated into war).
3 throw down headlong.
4 Chem. cause (a substance) to be deposited in solid form from a solution.
5 Physics a cause (dust etc.) to be deposited from the air on a surface. b condense (vapour) into drops and so deposit it.
1 headlong; violently hurried (precipitate departure).
2 (of a person or act) hasty, rash, inconsiderate.
1 Chem. a substance precipitated from a solution.
2 Physics moisture condensed from vapour by cooling and depositing, e.g. rain or dew.

precipitable adj. precipitability n. precipitately adv. precipitateness n. precipitator n.
L praecipitare praecipitat- f. praeceps praecipitis headlong (as PRAE-, caput head)



adj. Anteprandial.

Precipitate in all, this sinner
Took action first, and then his dinner.



a bit previous, abrupt, accelerate, accident-prone, ad-lib, advance, advanced, aftereffect, aftermath, agile, alluvion, alluvium, arduous, ash, blow down, blow over, bowl down, bowl over, breakneck, breathless, bring about, bring down, bring on, bulldog, bundle, bustle, by-product, careless, cascade, cast, cast down, cataract, caught napping, caught off balance, caught short, chop down, cinder, clinker, collapse, come down, consequence, consequent, corollary, crash, crowd, cut down, dash down, dashing, deck, deposit, deposition, deposits, derivation, derivative, descend, desperate, development, devil-may-care, diluvium, dip down, dispatch, distillate, double-quick, down, draff, dregs, drive on, drizzle, drop, drop down, drop off, dross, drum, eagle-winged, effect, electrifying, ember, event, eventuality, eventuation, expedite, expeditious, express, extemporaneous, extemporized, facilitate, fall, fall down, fall off, far ahead, fast, feces, fell, fetch down, fleet, fling, floor, flying, foolhardy, forward, froth, fruit, furious, further, galloping, go down, go downhill, gravitate, ground, grounds, hair-trigger, half-baked, half-cocked, haphazard, harum-scarum, harvest, haste, hasten, hasten on, hasty, head, headlong, headstrong, hew down, hie on, hotheaded, hurl, hurried, hurry, hurry along, hurry on, hurry up, hustle, hustle up, hustling, ill-considered, impatient, impetuous, impromptu, improvised, impulsive, incautious, incite, incline, injudicious, instigate, issue, knock down, launch, lay level, lay low, lay out, lead, lean, lees, legacy, level, light of heel, light-footed, lively, loess, logical outcome, lose altitude, mad, madcap, makeshift, mercurial, meteoric, mizzle, moraine, mow down, nerve-shattering, nimble, nimble-footed, not firm, offscum, offshoot, offspring, outcome, outgrowth, overeager, overenthusiastic, overhasty, oversoon, overzealous, panting, parachute, patter, pelt, pitch, pitter-patter, plummet, plunge, point, pounce, pour, pour down, pour with rain, precipitant, precipitation, precipitous, precocious, premature, press, previous, product, project, prompt, prostrate, provoke, pull down, push, push forward, push on, push through, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, quicken, railroad through, rain, rain tadpoles, rapid, rase, rash, raze, reckless, refractory, result, resultant, rough-and-ready, running, rush, rush along, rushed, rushing, scoria, scum, sediment, sedimentate, sedimentation, send headlong, sequel, sequela, sequence, sequent, settle, settlings, sheer, shocking, shower, shower down, sideling, silt, sink, sinter, slag, slap-bang, slapdash, smut, snap, snappy, soot, spanking, spatter, speed, speed along, speed up, speedy, spit, spread-eagle, sprinkle, spur, stampede, startling, stickle, stoop, stream, sublimate, subside, sudden, supinate, surprised, surprising, swift, swoop, take down, taken aback, taken by surprise, taken unawares, tattoo, tend, tend to go, throw, throw down, too early, too soon, topple, trend downward, trigger, trip, tripped up, tumble, unannounced, unanticipated, unarranged, unbegun, unconcocted, uncontrived, uncontrolled, uncrystallized, undeliberated, undevised, unexpected, unforeseen, unhatched, unjelled, unlooked-for, unmade, unmanufactured, unmatured, unmeditated, unorganized, unplanned, unpredicted, unpremeditated, unprepared, unprimed, unready, unrestrained, unripe, unstudied, untimely, upshot, urge, violent, volatile, wanton, weep, whack down, whip, whip along, wild, willful, winged




N uncleanness, impurity, immundity, immundicity, impurity, defilement, contamination, defoedation, soilure, soiliness, abomination, leaven, taint, tainture, fetor, decay, putrescence, putrefaction, corruption, mold, must, mildew, dry rot, mucor, rubigo, slovenry, slovenliness, squalor, dowdy, drab, slut, malkin, slattern, sloven, slammerkin, slammock, slummock, scrub, draggle-tail, mudlark, dust-man, sweep, beast, dirt, filth, soil, slop, dust, cobweb, flue, smoke, soot, smudge, smut, grit, grime, raff, sossle, sozzle, sordes, dregs, grounds, lees, argol, sediment, settlement heeltap, dross, drossiness, mother, precipitate, scoriae, ashes, cinders, recrement, slag, scum, froth, hogwash, ditchwater, dishwater, bilgewater, rinsings, cheeseparings, sweepings, offscourings, outscourings, off scum, caput mortuum, residuum, sprue, fecula, clinker, draff, scurf, scurfiness, exuviae, morphea, fur, furfur, dandruff, tartar, riffraff, vermin, louse, flea, bug, chinch, mud, mire, quagmire, alluvium, silt, sludge, slime, slush, slosh, sposh, spawn, offal, gurry, lientery, garbage, carrion, excreta, slough, peccant humor, pus, matter, suppuration, lienteria, faeces, feces, excrement, ordure, dung, crap, shit, sewage, sewerage, muck, coprolite, guano, manure, compost, dunghill, colluvies, mixen, midden, bog, laystall, sink, privy, jakes, toilet, john, head, cess, cesspool, sump, sough, cloaca, latrines, drain, sewer, common sewer, Cloacina, dust hole, sty, pigsty, lair, den, Augean stable, sink of corruption, slum, rookery, dirty, filthy, grimy, unclean, impure, soiled, not to be handled with kid gloves, dusty, snuffy, smutty, sooty, smoky, thick, turbid, dreggy, slimy, mussy, slovenly, untidy, messy, uncleanly, unkempt, sluttish, dowdy, draggle-tailed, uncombed, unscoured, unswept, unwiped, unwashed, unstrained, unpurified, squalid, lutose, slammocky, slummocky, sozzly, nasty, coarse, foul, offensive, abominable, beastly, reeky, reechy, fetid, decayed, moldy, musty, mildewed, rusty, moth-eaten, mucid, rancid, weak, bad, gone bad, etercoral, lentiginous, touched, fusty, effete, reasty, rotten, corrupt, tainted, high, flyblown, maggoty, putrid, putrefactive, putrescent, putrefied, saprogenic, saprogenous, purulent, carious, peccant, fecal, feculent, stercoraceous, excrementitious, scurfy, scurvy, impetiginous, gory, bloody, rotting, rotten as a pear, rotten as cheese, crapulous, gross, fimetarious, fimicolous, they that touch pitch will be defiled.


VB haste, hasten, make haste, make a dash, hurry on, dash on, whip on, push on, press on, press forward, hurry, skurry, scuttle along, barrel along, bundle on, dart to and fro, bustle, flutter, scramble, plunge, plunge headlong, dash off, rush, express, bestir oneself, lose no time, lose not a moment, lose not an instant, make short work of, make the best of one's time, make the best of one's way, be precipitate, jump at, be in haste, be in a hurry, have no time, have not a moment to lose, have not a moment to spare, work against time, quicken, accelerate, expedite, put on, precipitate, urge, whip, railroad.

N haste, urgency, despatch, dispatch, acceleration, spurt, spirt, forced march, rush, dash, speed, velocity, precipitancy, precipitation, precipitousness, impetuosity, brusquerie, hurry, drive, scramble, bustle, fuss, fidget, flurry, flutter, splutter, hasty, hurried, brusque, scrambling, cursory, precipitate, headlong, furious, boisterous, impetuous, hotheaded, feverish, fussy, pushing, in haste, in a hurry, in hot haste, in all haste, breathless, pressed for time, hard pressed, urgent, with haste, with all haste, with breathless speed, in haste, apace, amain, all at once, at short notice, immediately, posthaste, by cable, by express, by telegraph, by forced marches, hastily, precipitately, helter-skelter, hurry-skurry, holus-bolus, slapdash, slap-bang, full-tilt, full drive, heels over head, head and shoulders, headlong, a corps perdu, by fits and starts, by spurts, hop skip and jump, sauve qui peut, every man for himself, devil take the hindmost, no time to be lost, no sooner said than done, a word and a blow, haste makes waste, maggiore fretta minore atto, ohne Hast aber ohne Rast stand not upon the order, swift, swift, you dragons of the night.


VB assemble, collect, muster, meet, unite, join, rejoin, cluster, flock, swarm, surge, stream, herd, crowd, throng, associate, congregate, conglomerate, concentrate, precipitate, center round, rendezvous, resort, come together, flock get together, pig together, forgather, huddle, reassemble, assemble, muster, bring together, get together, put together, draw together, scrape together, lump together, collect, collocate, colligate, get, whip in, gather, hold a meeting, convene, convoke, convocate, rake up, dredge, heap, mass, pile, pack, put up, truss, cram, acervate, agglomerate, aggregate, compile, group, aggroup, concentrate, unite, collect into a focus, bring into a focus, amass, accumulate, collect in a dragnet, heap Ossa upon Pelion.


N instantaneity, instantaneousness, immediacy, suddenness, abruptness, moment, instant, second, minute, twinkling, trice, flash, breath, crack, jiffy, coup, burst, flash of lightning, stroke of time, epoch, time, time of day, time of night, hour, minute, very minute, very time, very hour, present time, right time, true time, exact correct time, instantaneous, momentary, sudden, immediate, instant, abrupt, discontinuous, precipitous, precipitant, precipitate, subitaneous, hasty, quick as thought, quick as lightning, quick as a flash, rapid as electricity, speedy, quick, fast, fleet, swift, lively, blitz, rapid (velocity), instantaneously, in no time, in less than no time, presto, subito, instanter, suddenly, at a stroke, like a shot, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, in the twinkling of an eye, in a trice, in one's tracks, right away, toute a l'heure, at one jump, in the same breath, per saltum, uno saltu, at once, all at once, plump, slap, at one fell swoop, at the same instant, immediately, extempore, on the moment, on the spot, on the spur of the moment, no sooner said than done, just then, slap-dash, touch and go, no sooner said than done.


N earliness, morning, punctuality, promptitude, haste, suddenness, prematurity, precocity, precipitation, anticipation, a stitch in time, early, prime, forward, prompt, summary, premature, precipitate, precocious, prevenient, anticipatory, rath, sudden, unexpected, near, near at hand, immediate, early, soon, anon, betimes, rath, eft, eftsoons, ere long, before long, shortly, beforehand, prematurely, precipitately, too soon, before its time, before one's time, in anticipation, unexpectedly, suddenly, before one can say 'Jack Robinson', at short notice, extempore, on the spur of the moment, on the spur of the occasion, at once, on the spot, on the instant, at sight, offhand, out of hand, a' vue d'oeil, straight, straightway, straightforth, forthwith, incontinently, summarily, immediately, briefly, shortly, quickly, speedily, apace, before the ink is dry, almost immediately, presently at the first opportunity, in no long time, by and by, in a while, directly, no sooner said than done, immediately, if not sooner, tout vient a temps pour qui sait attendre.


N rashness, temerity, want of caution, imprudence, indiscretion, overconfidence, presumption, audacity, precipitancy, precipitation, impetuosity, levity, foolhardihood, foolhardiness, heedlessness, thoughtlessness, carelessness, desperation, Quixotism, knight-errantry, fire eating, gaming, gambling, blind bargain, leap in the dark, leap of faith, fool's paradise, too many eggs in one basket, desperado, rashling, madcap, daredevil, Hotspur, fire eater, bully, bravo, Hector, scapegrace, enfant perdu, Don Quixote, knight-errant, Icarus, adventurer, gambler, gamester, dynamitard, boomer, rash, incautious, indiscreet, imprudent, improvident, temerarious, uncalculating, heedless, careless, without ballast, heels over head, head over heels, giddy, wanton, reckless, wild, madcap, desperate, devil-may-care, hot-blooded, hotheaded, hotbrained, headlong, headstrong, breakneck, foolhardy, harebrained, precipitate, impulsive, overconfident, overweening, venturesome, venturous, adventurous, Quixotic, fire eating, cavalier, janty, jaunty, free and easy, off one's guard, post haste, a corps perdu, hand over head, tete baissee, headforemost, happen what may, come what may, neck or nothing, the devil being in one, non semper temeritas est felix, paucis temeritas est bono multis malo.


VB depress, lower, let down, take down, let down a peg, take down a peg, cast, let drop, let fall, sink, debase, bring low, abase, reduce, detrude, pitch, precipitate, overthrow, overturn, overset, upset, subvert, prostate, level, fell, cast down, take down, throw down, fling down, dash down, pull down, cut down, knock down, hew down, raze, raze to the ground, rase to the ground, trample in the dust, pull about one's ears, sit, sit down, couch, squat, crouch, stoop, bend, bow, courtesy, curtsy, bob, duck, dip, kneel, bend the knee, bow the knee, bend the head, bow the head, cower, recline.


N density, solidity, solidness, impenetrability, impermeability, incompressibility, imporosity, cohesion, constipation, consistence, spissitude, specific gravity, hydrometer, areometer, condensation, caseation, solidation, solidification, consolidation, concretion, coagulation, petrification, crystallization, precipitation, deposit, precipitate, inspissation, gelation, thickening, indivisibility, indiscerptibility, insolubility, indissolvableness, solid body, mass, block, knot, lump, concretion, concrete, conglomerate, cake, clot, stone, curd, coagulum, bone, gristle, cartilage, casein, crassamentum, legumin, superdense matter, condensed states of matter, dwarf star, neutron star, dense, solid, solidified, caseous, pukka, coherent, cohesive, compact, close, serried, thickset, substantial, massive, lumpish, impenetrable, impermeable, nonporous, imporous, incompressible, constipated, concrete, knotted, knotty, gnarled, crystalline, crystallizable, thick, grumous, stuffy, undissolved, unmelted, unliquefied, unthawed, indivisible, indiscerptible, infrangible, indissolvable, indissoluble, insoluble, infusible.

VB be dense, become solid, render solid, solidify, solidate, concrete, set, take a set, consolidate, congeal, coagulate, curd, curdle, lopper, fix, clot, cake, candy, precipitate, deposit, cohere, crystallize, petrify, condense, thicken, gel, inspissate, incrassate, compress, squeeze, ram down, constipate.


VB render liquid, liquefy, run, deliquesce, melt, solve, dissolve, resolve, liquate, hold in solution, condense, precipitate, rain.

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