salinity

[ suh-lin-i-tee ]

noun
  1. the quality or condition of being salty; saltiness: Ocean currents are driven by differences in the temperature and salinity of the water.

  2. a measurement of the amount of salt in a given solution:Adding fresh water to a marsh lowers salinity.

Origin of salinity

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Other words from salinity

  • hy·per·sa·lin·i·ty, noun
  • non·sa·lin·i·ty, noun
  • sub·sa·lin·i·ty, noun

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How to use salinity in a sentence

  • They exist in both fresh and salt water, and some species seem capable of thriving in brackish water of any degree of salinity.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • Below the surface water is a zone in which temperature decreases and density and salinity increase with depth.

    Atoms, Nature, and Man | Neal O. Hines
  • Knowledge of temperature, density, and salinity is important to understanding what happens to radionuclides in the ocean.

    Atoms, Nature, and Man | Neal O. Hines
  • Its salinity is comparable to that of the eastern basin of the Mediterranean, which is greater than that of the Black Sea, viz.

  • Moreover, when they freeze a certain amount of salt leaves the ice and thereby increases the salinity of the surrounding water.

    Climatic Changes | Ellsworth Huntington