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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The first possible change is the occurrence of another type of precipitate. Micrographs and X-ray patterns make them easily visible.
All concentration of natrium caseinate, calcium hydroxide and kieselguhr give an indication (as illustrated on the TLC plate) of capturing rotenone inside the precipitate. None of the rotenone was detected in the supernatant to indicate that all rotenone content had been precipitated adequately.
Figure 1(a) shows that when ammonia is not added, calcite is the major crystal morphology of calcium carbonate precipitate, containing a little crystal morphology of vaterite.
Determination of total sugar in crude extract and ethanol precipitate of U.
In the present paper, a detailed examination of the precipitation sequence in laser-welded NZ30K during aging treatment is investigated, and the effects of different shape of precipitates on tensile strength are discussed.
Therefore, in the group of the large number of theoretical models of the formation of post-growth microdefects it is necessary to define a model for describing the effect of heat treatment and evolution of a system of nano- and micro-sized defects of various type (oxygen precipitates, stacking faults and pores) which interact together by diffusion of point defects (intrinsic interstitial silicon atoms, vacancies and interstitial oxygen atoms) [3, 10].
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.
(6) Oxalic acid reacts with tissue and blood calcium to precipitate as calcium oxalate.
Eisner ducking out precipitously...." Two sticking points here: 1) gerund ducking out signals that Eisner wants for possession: Eisner's; 2) Dame Usage decrees that precipitous be used for physical characteristics ("a precipitous cliff") and precipitate for actions ("precipitate firings") or, as here, precipitate departure.
(7-12) Given these predisposing factors, rather small changes in medical status or environment may then precipitate a fall.
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).
Before addressing this question however, we need to establish that copper oxide formed as precipitate inclusions at the time these wires were manufactured rather than having formed by oxidation or corrosion over time.