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Definition of "evapotranspiration" [evapotranspiration]

  • The combined processes of evaporation, sublimation, and transpiration of the water from the earth's surface into the atmosphere. (noun)
  • The total amount of water transferred from the earth to the atmosphere. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "evapotranspiration" in a sentence
  • "Aquatic weeds use more water in evapotranspiration than is lost by evaporation from the equivalent area of open water."
  • "The researchers also used the satellite to estimate "evapotranspiration" - the evaporation of water from soil and the transpiration or use of water by plants - to learn more about how defoliation of tamarisk affects water use."
  • "Outdoor irrigation accounts for up to 50 percent of water use in Florida, and up to 50 percent of the water applied to lawns is lost to what SFWMD calls "evapotranspiration" -- the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration from the earth's land surface to the air"