Precipitation vs Downpour - What's the difference?

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Precipitation is a related term of downpour.

As nouns the difference between precipitation and downpour

is that precipitation is precipitation, unwise or rash rapidity; sudden haste while downpour is a heavy rain.

As a verb downpour is

to pour down; rain heavily.




  • (meteorology) Any or all of the forms of water particles, whether liquid or solid, that fall from the 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.
  • A hurried headlong fall.
  • (countable, 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.
  • (figuratively) Unwise or rash rapidity; sudden haste.
  • had acted with some precipitation and had probably started out upon a wild-goose chase --


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * precipitately

    See also

    (wikipedia ) * haste * rashness




    (en noun)
  • a heavy rain
  • They got caught in a downpour without an umbrella and came back soaked.


    * cloudburst * deluge * rain * rainstorm * storm * wet * torrent * monsoon * inundation


    (en verb)
  • To pour down; rain heavily.
  • * 2002 , Patricia Koretchuk, Chasing the comet: a Scottish-Canadian life - Page 211 :
  • It started to downpour , so Billy and I made our way back to our house, with Scotty following—or so I thought.

    Derived terms

    * (l)