[ dee-sal-uh-neyt ]
/ diˈsæl əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), de·sal·i·nat·ed, de·sal·i·nat·ing.

Origin of desalinate

First recorded in 1945–50; de- + saline + -ate1

Related forms

de·sal·i·na·tion, nounde·sal·i·na·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for desalination (1 of 2)


desalinization or desalinisation

/ (diːˌsælɪˈneɪʃən) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for desalination (2 of 2)


desalinize or desalinise

/ (diːˈsælɪˌneɪt) /


(tr) to remove the salt from (esp from sea water)Also: desalt (diːˈsɔːlt)
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Science definitions for desalination


[ dē-săl′ə-nĭ-zāshən ]

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 forms

desalinize verb
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