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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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desalinationde‧sal‧i‧na‧tion /diːˌsæləˈneɪʃən/ noun [uncountable] technical  TECthe process of removing salt from sea water so that people can use itdesalinate /diːˈsæləneɪt/ verb [transitive]
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desalinationOne of Al-Futtaim's major contracts was the multi-million pound smelter and desalination plant for the Dubai Aluminium Company completed in 1983.Environmentalists claim the highly saline water discharged from desalination plants could harm marine life.It reopened several days later, however, and no further desalination plants came under direct threat during February.At the moment he is doing mathematical modelling with the aim of building an experimental model of a solar-powered desalination plant.Nor is large-scale desalination of ocean water economical.Ionics sells desalination and water-treatment systems.Initial attempts to disperse the slick are centred on defending the desalination plants.In 18 months the 50 man team built an airstrip, camp and water desalination unit.
From Longman Business Dictionarydesalinationde‧sal‧i‧na‧tion /diːˌsæləˈneɪʃən/ noun [uncountable] when salt is removed from sea water so that the water can be used in homes and factories, and on farm cropsWater desalination is still an expensive prospect.the world’s largest seawater desalination plant
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