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Moby Dick
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  • Towards noon whales were raised; but so soon as the ship sailed down to them, they turned and fled with swift precipitancy; a disordered flight, as of Cleopatra's barges from Actium.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • For in his Natural History, the Baron himself affirms that at sight of the Sperm Whale, all fish (sharks included) are "struck with the most lively terrors," and "often in the precipitancy of their flight dash themselves against the rocks with such violence as to cause instantaneous death."  (not reviewed by editor)

Samples from Other Sources
  • The precipitant drug is interfering with the object drug.

  • Small salt particles are the precipitant in cloud seeding.

  • Precipitant is added, and the gold falls as a fine powder.

  • A little over-precipitance may ruin all.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • At least, therefore, I did not assume the character of needless precipitance merely to show off before the ladies.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

  • Or sometimes, precipitant above you, she would make a curly circle with a long tail, as if she might draw a cat, but it would be her "P" and the word would turn into "Practice!!"
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
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