from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Rushing or falling headlong.
- adj. Acting with or marked by impulsiveness in thought or action; rash. See Usage Note at precipitate.
- adj. Abrupt or unexpected; sudden.
- n. Chemistry A substance that causes a precipitate to form when it is added to a solution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That falls headlong, or causes a headlong fall
- adj. Rash or impulsive
- adj. Sudden or unexpected
- adj. That causes precipitation
- n. A substance that forms a precipitate when added to a solution
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Falling or rushing headlong; rushing swiftly, violently, or recklessly; moving precipitately.
- adj. Unexpectedly or foolishly brought on or hastened; rashly hurried; hasty; sudden; reckless.
- n. Any force or reagent which causes the formation of a precipitate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Falling headlong; headlong.
- Rushing hastily onward.
- Rashly hasty; precipitate; characterized by rapid movement or progress; impatient to reach a conclusion.
- n. In chem., an agent which, when added to a solution, separates something dissolved and causes it to precipitate, or fall to the bottom in a concrete state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an agent that causes a precipitate to form
- adj. done with very great haste and without due deliberation
Latin praecipitāns, praecipitant-, present participle of praecipitāre, to throw headlong; see precipitate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French precipitant, from Latin praecipitans, present participle of praecipitare ("to cast down headlong"), from praeceps ("head foremost, headlong"), from prae ("before") + caput ("head"). (Wiktionary)