Direct Hits Vocab help..

<p>Word 263 of DH: Precipitate - A result or outcome of an action</p>

<p>Precipitate</a> | Define Precipitate at doesnt say anything about a result of an action. the closest of which is hastening the occurrence of a situation.</p>

<p>the definition used in DH appears to be a noun, yet the sentence used in DH is
"The discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis."</p>

<p>So this confuses me... what is an accurate definition of the word precipitate... (the verb)</p>

<p>Precipitate actually has a number of meanings.</p>





<p>I think it’s good to know secondary definitions as well :slight_smile:
I hope I helped.</p>

<p>yeah, but i was also wondering if the direct hits definition was accurate, because it matches none of the definitions on</p>

<p>You are asking a good question. The chapter that precipitate #263 comes from is the chapter on multiple meanings. The College Board loves to use secondary meanings on the test and this is a great example. In the introduction of the DH books it says that all of the DH words actually appeared on a recent SAT.</p>

<p>Are you one of the people reviewing the new DH books? if so you can let them know that you feel this word is not quite accurate or at least is confusing. If not you can go to the thread about reviewing the books and send the publisher a message.</p>

<p>I bet you won’t miss this word if it shows up on a test.</p>



<p>Well, I think a good example of this would be a precipitation reaction in chemistry. When 2 certain chemicals (sorry, I’m not yet an AP Chem student; I can’t name 2 specific compounds) react, a precipitate (usually solid) is formed. So, the precipitate is the “result/outcome of an action” (i.e. mixing 2 chemicals).</p>

<p>Verb: 1. to throw, hurl
2. to cause to happen
3. to separate, give a form to something
4. to fall
5. to become separate or distinct</p>

<p>Noun: 1. a solid resulting from a chemical reaction
2. “a product, result, or outcome of some process or action”</p>

<p>Adjective: 1. rash, premature
2. having a steep descent, precipitous
3. violently rapid, abrupt</p>

<p>So, OP, you can see that precipitate has a variety of meanings, including the one DH is stressing. Checking with two dictionaries, especially if one of them is, is always a good choice. Good luck with your studies!</p>