Adjective: precipitating pri'si-pu,tey-ting
Verb: precipitate ,pri'si-pu-tut
- Bringing on suddenly or abruptly
"the completion of the railway was the precipitating cause in the extinction of waterborne commerce"
- Bring about abruptly
"The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution"
- Separate as a fine suspension of solid particles
- (of rain, snow, etc.) landing after falling from the clouds
"Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum";
- come down, fall
- Fall vertically, sharply, or headlong
"Our economy precipitated into complete ruin"
- Hurl or throw violently
"The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below"
See also: causative
Type of: cast, change state, come down, descend, effect, effectuate, fall, go down, hurl, hurtle, set up, turn
Encyclopedia: Precipitating Precipitate