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Definition rain, snow, hail, or sleet

Specialized Definitions of precipitation:

meteorology:  the measure of moisture from clouds in a given area for a given period of time

chemistry:  the process of forming a chemical precipitate (particles separated within a solution)

Less common senses include:
    an unexpected acceleration or hastening
    too fast — typically indicating carelessness
    throwing down or falling from a height
  • No precipitation is expected.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • It was a foolish precipitation last Christmas, but the evil of a few days may be blotted out in part.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • This precipitation—this unusual appointment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The next, all shattered to meteor precipitation.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The people left them on Sunday night with panic and precipitation.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • I would have seized him, but he eluded me and quitted the house with precipitation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Precipitation might spoil things.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • But every day the paper said: No precipitation expected.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • In the air a fine, caressing "precipitation" was shining.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • 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
  • Nelson says every person in the village is to be there, required precipitation.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • 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
  • He had been seeking a precipitation test for the diagnosis of syphilis which should be quicker and simpler than the Wassermann.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Temperatures will fall rapidly, and precipitation should start around dusk.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Eight to twelve inches of precipitation was expected.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • 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
  • In a few moments she recovered from her breathless headlong precipitation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • 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 never experienced precipitation like in the South Pacific.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • 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

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