Origin of desalinate

First recorded in 1945–50; de- + saline + -ate1
Related formsde·sal·i·na·tion, nounde·sal·i·na·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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desalinization or desalinisation

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


desalinize or desalinise

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

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

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desalination in Science


  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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