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Dictionary definition for: Precipitate

1. (n) a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering

2. (v) separate as a fine suspension of solid particles

3. (s) done with very great haste and without due deliberation; "hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare; "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes; "rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion" "wondered whether

4. (v) bring about abruptly; "The crisis precipitated by Russia''s revolution"

5. (v) fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling" "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"

6. (v) fall vertically, sharply, or headlong; "Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"

7. (v) hurl or throw violently; "The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below"

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