precipitate


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Precipitate \Pre*cip"i*tate\, a. [L. praecipitatus, p. p. of
   praecipitare to precipitate, fr. praeceps headlong. See
   Precipice.]
   1. Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in
      declaring war. --Clarendon.
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   2. Lacking due deliberation or care; hurried; said or done
      before the time; as, a precipitate measure. "The rapidity
      of our too precipitate course." --Landor.
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   3. Falling, flowing, or rushing, with steep descent;
      headlong.
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            Precipitate the furious torrent flows. --Prior.
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   4. Ending quickly in death; brief and fatal; as, a
      precipitate case of disease. [Obs.] --Arbuthnot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Precipitate \Pre*cip"i*tate\, n. [NL. praecipitatum: cf. F.
   pr['e]cipit['e].] (Chem.)
   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.
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   2. atmospheric moisture condensed as rain or snow, etc.; same
      as precipitation[5].
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Precipitate \Pre*cip"i*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
   Precipitated; p. pr. & vb. n. Precipitating.]
   1. To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or
      height.
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            She and her horse had been precipitated to the
            pebbled region of the river.          --W. Irving.
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   2. 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.
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            Back to his sight precipitates her steps. --Glover.
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            If they be daring, it may precipitate their designs,
            and prove dangerous.                  --Bacon.
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   3. (Chem.) To separate from a solution, or other medium, in
      the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor
      when in solution with alcohol.
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            The light vapor of the preceding evening had been
            precipitated by the cold.             --W. Irving.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Precipitate \Pre*cip"i*tate\, v. i.
   1. To dash or fall headlong. [R.]
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            So many fathom down precipitating.    --Shak.
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   2. To hasten without preparation. [R.]
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   3. (Chem.) To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See
      Precipitate, n.
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