desalinize

[ dee-sal-uh-nahyz, -sey-luh-, -lahy- ]
/ diˈsæl əˌnaɪz, -ˈseɪ lə-, -laɪ- /

verb (used with object), de·sal·in·ized, de·sal·in·iz·ing.

Also especially British, de·sal·in·ise.

Origin of desalinize

First recorded in 1960–65; de- + saline + -ize

Related forms

de·sal·in·i·za·tion, noun
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Science definitions for desalinization

desalinization

[ 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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Culture definitions for desalinization

desalinization

[ (dee-sal-uh-nuh-zay-shuhn) ]

Any process that removes salt from water.


Note

The term is usually applied to processes that remove salt from seawater to make it available for human consumption and agriculture. Such processes tend to be very expensive.
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