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. [1913 Webster]

She and her horse had been precipitated to the pebbled region of the river. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Back to his sight precipitates her steps. --Glover. [1913 Webster]

If they be daring, it may precipitate their designs, and prove dangerous. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The light vapor of the preceding evening had been precipitated by the cold. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

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