downfall vs precipitation what difference

what is difference between downfall and precipitation

English

Etymology

From down- +‎ fall. In this spelling, from 16th century; spelled as two words from 13th century.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdaʊnfɔːl/

Noun

downfall (countable and uncountable, plural downfalls)

  1. A precipitous decline in fortune; death or rapid deterioration, as in status or wealth.
    Synonyms: (precipitous decline in fortune) fall, (death or rapid deterioration) doom
  2. The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.
    • Orson Scott Card
      It is the downfall of evil, that it never sees far enough ahead.
  3. An act of falling down.

Derived terms

  • Operation Downfall

Translations

Verb

downfall (third-person singular simple present downfalls, present participle downfalling, simple past downfell, past participle downfallen)

  1. (intransitive) To fall down; deteriorate; decline.
    • 1998, Peter Vink, Ernst A. P. Koningsveld, Steven Dhondt, Human factors in organizational design and management-VI:
      Common belief has been that in the future the number of middle managers will downfall due to empowerment and team-building.
    • 1998, Lithuanian physics journal:
      It should be noted that the magnitude of satellites decreases when tuning out of degeneracy, and in the wavelength range of 1.2-1.3 pm it downfalls to the value of 10-15% of the main spike magnitude.

Derived terms

  • down-fallen, downfallen

Anagrams

  • Wolfland, fall down, landfowl


English

Etymology

From Middle French précipitation, from Latin praecipitātiō, praecipitātiōnem.

Pronunciation

  • (US, UK) IPA(key): /pɹɪˌsɪpɪˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

precipitation (countable and uncountable, plural precipitations)

  1. (meteorology) Any or all of the forms of water particles, whether liquid or solid, that fall from the upper atmosphere (e.g., rain, hail, snow or sleet). It is a major class of hydrometeor, but it is distinguished from cloud, fog, dew, rime, frost, etc., in that it must fall. It is distinguished from cloud and virga in that it must reach the ground.
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      South Korea’s Ministry of Environment said in a news release that no major precipitation was observed after the cloud seeding operation.

  2. A hurried headlong fall.
  3. (countable, uncountable, chemistry) A reaction that leads to the formation of a heavier solid in a lighter liquid; the precipitate so formed at the bottom of the container.
  4. (figuratively) Unwise or rash rapidity; sudden haste.
    • 1933, Dorothy L. Sayers, Murder Must Advertise
      [] had acted with some precipitation and had probably started out upon a wild-goose chase.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:hydrometeor

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • precipitation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • haste
  • rashness

Anagrams

  • intraepitopic

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