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[dee-sal-uh-neyt] /diˈsæl əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), desalinated, desalinating.
1945-50; de- + saline + -ate1
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desalination, noun
desalinator, noun Unabridged
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  • Prospecting trenches crossed the field not far from where the desalination plant was going up.
  • Water will be provided through a solar-powered desalination plant.
  • Vital facilities line the threatened coast: tanker terminals, refineries, power and desalination plants.
  • Offshore desalination could turn the oceans into an inexhaustible water supply.
  • As for the latter technology, desalination plants may be used.
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  • Along the coast are the chimneys of power stations and desalination plants, ports and tourist areas.
  • The agreement covers a variety of infrastructure improvements and desalination projects.
  • Shifting to alternative sources of water, such as desalination, conservation and recycling.
  • desalination can vastly expand water supplies, though at high energy costs.
British Dictionary definitions for desalination


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


(transitive) 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
desalinization (dē-sāl'ə-nĭ-zā'shən) also desalination

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.

desalinize verb
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