desalinate

[dee-sal-uh-neyt]

Origin of desalinate

First recorded in 1945–50; de- + saline + -ate1
Related formsde·sal·i·na·tion, nounde·sal·i·na·tor, noun
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desalination

desalinization or desalinisation

noun
  1. the process of removing salt, esp from sea water so that it can be used for drinking or irrigation

desalinate

desalinize or desalinise

verb
  1. (tr) to remove the salt from (esp from sea water)Also: desalt (diːˈsɔːlt)
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Word Origin and History for desalination
n.

1958, from de- + salination (see salt). As a verb, desalt is recorded from 1909.

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desalination in Science

desalinization

[dē-săl′ə-nĭ-zāshən]
  1. The removal of salt or other chemicals from something, such as seawater or soil. Desalinization can be achieved by means of evaporation, freezing, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, and electrodialysis.
Related formsdesalinize verb
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