transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Date: 1949 desaltdesalination noundesalinator noun

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  • desalinate — v. t. to remove the salt from, especially from water; as, it is necessary to desalinate sea water to make it fit to drink. Note: several processes are in comon use for desalinating sea water. Distillation is effective, but expensive. {Reverse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desalinate — ► VERB ▪ remove salt from (seawater). DERIVATIVES desalination noun desalinator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • desalinate — desalination, n. desalinator, n. /dee sal euh nayt /, v.t., desalinated, desalinating. desalt. [1945 50; DE + SALINE + ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • desalinate — verb To remove the salt from something, especially from seawater for use in a domestic water supply See Also: desalination …   Wiktionary

  • desalinate — de·sal·i·nate || ‚diː sælɪneɪt v. desalt, remove salt (usually from sea water) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • desalinate — [di: salɪneɪt] verb remove salt from (seawater). Derivatives desalination noun desalinator noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • desalinate — verb (T) to remove the salt from sea water so that it can be used in homes and factories desalination noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • desalinate — de·sa·li·nate …   English syllables

  • desalinate — de•sal•i•nate [[t]diˈsæl əˌneɪt[/t]] v. t. nat•ed, nat•ing chem. desalt • Etymology: 1945–50 de•sal i•na′tion, n. de•sal′i•na tor, n …   From formal English to slang

  • desalinate — /diˈsæləneɪt / (say dee saluhnayt) verb (t) (desalinated, desalinating) to subject (sea water) to a process of desalination. Also, desalinise …   Australian English dictionary

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