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  • Meg tried to catch the precipitation on her tongue, which I thought a very ineffective way to get a drink—and of dirty water, no less.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • …obtrusively, obsessively, always with a painful shock: what time was it in London? always adding and subtracting, totting up the time difference, compulsively checking the London weather on my phone, 53 degrees Fahrenheit, 10:12 p.m. and light precipitation, standing on the corner of Greenwich and Seventh Avenue by boarded-up St. Vincent’s heading downtown to meet my dealer, and what about Pippa, where was she? in the back of a taxicab, out at dinner, drinking with people I didn’t…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But every day the paper said: No precipitation expected.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • I would have seized him, but he eluded me and quitted the house with precipitation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • Nelson says every person in the village is to be there, required precipitation.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He knew to watch the weather and to kill during an arc of light-to-heavy precipitation because that would rob the police of evidence.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Temperatures will fall rapidly, and precipitation should start around dusk.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Cora, already regretting her precipitation, was obliged to comply, for Magua instantly left the spot, and approached his gluttonous comrades.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Milady was about to cry out, "Immediately," but she reflected that such precipitation would not be very gracious toward d’Artagnan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Eight to twelve inches of precipitation was expected.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

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  • The Revolution came; events succeeded each other with precipitation; the parliamentary families, decimated, pursued, hunted down, were dispersed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sikes dismounted with great precipitation, holding Oliver by the hand all the while; and lifting him down directly, bestowed a furious look upon him, and rapped the side-pocket with his fist, in a significant manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The linguists Ute Fischer and Judith Orasanu once gave the following hypothetical scenario to a group of captains and first officers and asked them how they would respond: You notice on the weather radar an area of heavy precipitation 25 miles ahead.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He lay there dazed and staring up into the sky, squinting as the icy precipitation rapidly cooled his flushed face.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Farming is always a chancy business, but in west-era Kansas its practitioners consider themselves "born gamblers," for they must contend with an extremely shallow precipitation (the annual average is eighteen inches) and anguishing irrigation problems.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The next, all shattered to meteor precipitation.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • For, all things moved so fast, and decree followed decree with that fierce precipitation, that now upon the third night of the autumn month of September, patriot emissaries of the law were in possession of Monseigneur’s house, and had marked it with the tri-colour, and were drinking brandy in its state apartments.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I did not go out of sight of the boat, as dreading the savages coming down the river in their canoes; but the boy seeing a low descent or vale about a mile in the country, he wandered to it: and then running back to me with great precipitation, I thought he was pursued by some savage or wild beast; upon which I approached, resolving to perish or protect him from danger.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • His house was not far off; and as the street door opened into the sitting-room, and he bolted in with a precipitation quite his own, we found ourselves at once in the bosom of the family.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Once the tumultuous upheaval of its dispersion was over, the black smoke clung so closely to the ground, even before its precipitation, that fifty feet up in the air, on the roofs and upper stories of high houses and on great trees, there was a chance of escaping its poison altogether, as was proved even that night at Street Cobham and Ditton.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It was a foolish precipitation last Christmas, but the evil of a few days may be blotted out in part.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • (Reaches for notes in inside pocket—to Stage Manager) Shall I read some of Professor Gruber’s notes on the meteorological situation—mean precipitation, et cetera ?
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Pansy would never defy her father, he might depend on that; so nothing was to be gained by precipitation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The general argument is that the precipitation during this last winter in the Northern Hemisphere, therain and snow, may have washed the air, so to speak.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Mr Squeers then nudged Mrs Squeers to bring away the brandy bottle, lest Nicholas should help himself in the night; and the lady having seized it with great precipitation, they retired together.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It had taken a strange chance of hunting, a sudden precipitation into action without opportunity for worrying beforehand, to bring this about with Macomber, but regardless of how it had happened it had most certainly happened.
    Ernest Hemmingway  --  The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
  • …hurried the troops up to their assistance, which was done in great confusion, thro’ waggons, baggage, and cattle; and presently the fire came upon their flank: the officers, being on horseback, were more easily distinguish’d, pick’d out as marks, and fell very fast; and the soldiers were crowded together in a huddle, having or hearing no orders, and standing to be shot at till two-thirds of them were killed; and then, being seiz’d with a panick, the whole fled with precipitation.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I decided that I would come there again with a line and catch fish; I begged for and obtained a morsel of bread from our luncheon basket; and threw into the Vivonne pellets which had the power, it seemed, to bring about a chemical precipitation, for the water at once grew solid round about them in oval clusters of emaciated tadpoles, which until then it had, no doubt, been holding in solution, invisible, but ready and alert to enter the stage of crystallisation.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He had never experienced precipitation like in the South Pacific.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • In a few moments she recovered from her breathless headlong precipitation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • In the air a fine, caressing "precipitation" was shining.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • In the air a fine, caressing "precipitation" was shining.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Pansy would never defy her father, he might depend on that; so nothing was to be gained by precipitation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He had been seeking a precipitation test for the diagnosis of syphilis which should be quicker and simpler than the Wassermann.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The consequence was that the passions and inclinations of the populace were as rapidly and as energetically represented in one chamber as in the other, and that laws were made with all the characteristics of violence and precipitation.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • All this might have been, we little doubt, already secured, had counsels less violent, less rude, less one-sided, less eager in precipitation from motives widely foreign to the national question, presided over the earlier stages of its history.
    John O’Sullivan  --  Annexation (Texas)
  • The leader of the emigrants cast his eyes, understandingly, about him, and examined the place with the keenness of one competent to judge of so nice a question, though in that dilatory and heavy manner, which rarely permitted him to betray precipitation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The people left them on Sunday night with panic and precipitation.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The father foresees the limits of his authority long beforehand, and when the time arrives he surrenders it without a struggle: the son looks forward to the exact period at which he will be his own master; and he enters upon his freedom without precipitation and without effort, as a possession which is his own and which no one seeks to wrest from him.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • This precipitation—this unusual appointment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Precipitation might spoil things.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • No precipitation is expected.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • To the drum-taps prompt, The young men falling in and arming, The mechanics arming, (the trowel, the jack-plane, the blacksmith’s hammer, tost aside with precipitation,) The lawyer leaving his office and arming, the judge leaving the court, The driver deserting his wagon in the street, jumping down, throwing the reins abruptly down on the horses’ backs, The salesman leaving the store, the boss, book-keeper, porter, all leaving; Squads gather everywhere by common consent and arm, The…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The radio was promising another eight to twelve inches and chanting hosannas to Precipitation, that great god of Colorado skiers.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He smiled at himself as he walked away with a quick step; for, an instant before, he had been internally blaming his own precipitation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But the scout, after suffering the ardor of the lover to expend itself a little, found means to convince him of the folly of precipitation, in a manner that would require their coolest judgment and utmost fortitude.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I’m a respectable, moral young man, and Lord how I’d hate it, if it wasn’t for my precipitation test and you and— WHY do you always lose your trunk check? I suppose I am a bad example for others, giving up so easily.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • No precipitation is expected.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Martin had little time for anything but cultures, blood-tests, and Wassermanns for the private physicians of the city, but the work rested him, and now and then he struggled over a precipitation test which was going to replace Wassermanns and make him famous.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • One of the hands being then cautiously unclasped, the old gentleman dropped into a sitting posture, and was looking round to smile and bow to Mrs Nickleby, when he disappeared with some precipitation, as if his legs had been pulled from below.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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