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precipitate into (something)

1. To form into a solid state out of a liquid solution. After evaporation the solution will precipitate into sodium uranyl carbonate. We must mix in a special additive to prevent the solution from precipitating into crystals.
2. To cause or catalyze the formation of something into a solid state out of a gaseous or liquid solution. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "precipitate" and "into." Hanging a paperclip in the solution will precipitate the dissolved sugar into a cluster of solid crystals.
3. To form condense and fall from the air as a form of water. The humidity was pushed high into the freezing mountain air where it precipitated into heavy snow. The air had a heavy feeling to it, like it could precipitate into rain at any moment.
4. To turn into something more coherent, definite, or serious, usually from a combination of multiple, less tangible elements or aspects. The feelings of unrest and anger have begun precipitating into organized protests against the government. Regulatory oversights and an overall lack of accountability have precipitated into a series of banking scandals that have brought the world economy to its knees.
5. To cause something to turn into a more coherent, definite, or serious state, situation, or condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "precipitate" and "into." If the parliament fails to pass legislation that satisfies both sides, it could precipitate this volatile situation into a full-blown civil war. A fistfight between a bystander and a protester quickly precipitated the peaceful demonstration into a massive riot.
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precipitate into something

1. Lit. [for a chemical] to go out of solution into solid form. The sodium chloride precipitated into a salt. Will this compound precipitate into anything if I cool it?
2. Fig. [for something] to become a more serious matter. By then, the street fight had precipitated into a riot. We were afraid that the argument would precipitate into a fight.
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precipitate something into something

1. Lit. to cause a chemical to go out of a solution into a solid form. Adding just one salt grain at the right time will precipitate the salt dissolved into the water into large crystals. One grain precipitated the dissolved salt into crystals.
2. Fig. to cause something to become more serious. The gunshot precipitated the incident into a riot. The rally was precipitated into a serious brawl.
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The strain energy increases with the size of growing precipitate, and there is a transition to a semi coherent interface.
2]O (8:2)) produced nearly an equal yield of precipitate on different chemical concentrations except for the calcium hydroxide of 2M and 3M (p<0.
it is quite obvious that constipation, GI bleeding, infections hypokalemia and use of sedatives are the most common risk factors which can precipitate hepatic encephalopathy.
In the vicinity of the solidification front (at T = 1682 K) the size of the critical nucleus of the oxygen precipitate is 0.
The crystals that precipitate from subsequent droplets extend the ring into a delicate tube, generating a so-called soda straw that can grow several centimeters long, says Goldstein.
Other conditions, due both to the individual and the environment, were judged to precipitate 83 falls (17.
Diuretics may also cause low magnesium, which can precipitate tetany and may cause hypocalcemia and further aggravate hypokalemia.
Many theories and excuses exist as to why Washington was asleep at the wheel, it is clear, however, that Washington seems to consistently have lapses of regulatory foresight that precipitate financial crises that need to be remedied by massive federal taxpayer bailouts, such as the savings-and-loan bailout during the mid-1980s.
Ready-to-use protein A-Sepharose suspension, obtained from Immunotech Beckman Coulter (Marseille, France), was used to precipitate the hIgG fraction in serum samples, according to the manufacturer's protocol (15).
For precipitate analysis, we centered the precipitate image on the cathode ray tube (CRT) and then decreased the scan length (increased the magnification) until the precipitate image completely filled the CRT screen.
Melodramatic visual propaganda -- the lacerating television images of Somalia's famine -- helped manipulate Americans into supporting the original UN mission; and the footage of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets helped precipitate U.
Barium is chemically very like radium, so that anything that precipitated barium would also precipitate redium.