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Precipitous Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    precipitous adj
  1. 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 they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king" [syn: hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitant]
  2. characterized by precipices; "a precipitous bluff"
  3. extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop" [syn: abrupt, sharp]
Precipitous Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Precipitous \Pre*cip"i*tous\, a. [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF. precipiteux. See Precipice.]
  1. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.
  2. Headlong; as, precipitous fall.
  3. Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts. --Sir T. Browne. ``Marian's low, precipitous `Hush!''' --Mrs. Browning. -- Pre*cip"i*tous*ly, adv. -- Pre*cip"i*tous*ness, n.
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In meteorology, precipitation (also known as one of the classes of hydrometeors, which are atmospheric water phenomena) is any product of the condensation of atmospheric water vapor that falls under gravity. Two processes, possibly acting together, can lead to air becoming saturated: cooling the air or adding water vapour to the air. Generally, precipitation will fall to the surface; an exception is Virga which evaporates before reaching the surface. Precipitation forms as smaller droplets coalesce via collision with other rain drops or ice crystals within a cloud.

Moisture overriding associated with weather fronts is an overall major method of precipitation production. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds such as cumulonimbus and can organize into narrow rainbands. Where relatively warm water bodies are present, for example due to water evaporation from lakes, lake-effect snowfall becomes a concern downwind of the warm lakes within the cold cyclonic flow around the backside of extratropical cyclones. Lake-effect snowfall can be locally heavy. Thundersnow is possible within a cyclone's comma head and within lake effect precipitation bands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by compressional heating. The movement of the monsoon trough, or intertropical convergence zone, brings rainy seasons to savannah climes.

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  • As Cash Use Drops, Do Crime Rates Follow?
    The precipitous decline of American crimes rates in the 1990s—leading, in some places, to levels today that were last seen in the 1960s—remains one of the great debates in the social sciences. Read more on this news related to 'Precipitous'
  • InterCloud Systems (ICLD) Stock Continues To Decline In Aftermarket Trading
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Intercloud Systems Inc.  shares were down 2.4% to $7.20 in aftermarket trading Wednesday, following a precipitous drop for the telecom infrastructure company throughout the day. The stock closed down 7.5% during the day after three separate law firms sent out press releases stating that they were filing lawsuits against the company on beh Read more on this news related to 'Precipitous'
  • Twins deal RHP Worley to Pirates
    The Minnesota Twins traded right-handed pitcher Vance Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount of cash. Worley was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster on Friday after appearing in four spring training games, including three starts, posting an 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA. It has been a precipitous decline for Worley, a former th Read more on this news related to 'Precipitous'

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