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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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Specialty silicas analyzed in this study include precipitated silica, fumed silica (or pyrogenic silica), silica gel and colloidal silica (or silica sol).
The precipitated amount corresponding to the different combinations of Ca[Cl.sub.2]-MgS[O.sub.4] have been evaluated in our previous work.
The matrix may share a similar crystal structure to the parent phase, but has a different composition and often a dissimilar lattice parameter, while the precipitated phase may differ in crystal structure, composition, lattice parameter, and degree of long-range order.
What's more, the Precipitated Barium Sulfate industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed.
The addition of MgS[O.sub.4] to a peroxide stage can also decrease the amount of precipitated oxalate, but the addition of MgS[O.sub.4] is not as effective as the partial replacement of NaOH with Mg(OH)[.sub.2].
Similarly, in cases when a drug was judged to have precipitated the fall, drug side effects from a newly prescribed drug were reported, and the symptoms disappeared after discontinuation of the drug treatment.
In these 31 sera, precipitated PRL results were 76.8% (SD, 8.1%; range, 61-96%) with PEG and 55.1% (SD, 16.3%; range, 24-92%) with protein A.
Previous to these preparations, the steel industry had incorrectly assumed that lead was present as submicroscopic dispersions or as precipitated lead compounds.
The nomenclature change was precipitated by a debate over the differentiation of orbital varices from lymphangiomas.
The lockdown was precipitated by a series of prisoner assaults on staff and other prisoners.
[3] In many instances, the decision to take legal action and file a lawsuit is driven by the emotional energy precipitated by what families perceive to be insensitive handling and poor communication.
As we already know, the populist formula cou1dn't save the economy and instead helped create the runaway inflation that precipitated the changeover to the "shock therapy" free market economics of Carlos Menem's presidency.
Elite power was directly linked to the coffee economy, which precipitated the construction of a railroad in Duaca, the defense of which became crucial for both the Castro and Gomez regimes.
Since the memoir was actually written before the two novels, though published after, French is able to reflect upon its inception as well, and Patches of Fire is thus in a curious way a commentary upon itself, especially as examination of the repressed trauma that precipitated its writing.
On March 19, the Belgian chemicals company Solvay agreed to acquire Zeneca Group Plc's Winnofil precipitated calcium carbonate business.