water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.
a salt and water solution for pickling.
the sea or ocean.
the water of the sea.
Chemistry. any saline solution.
verb (used with object), brined, brining.
to treat with or steep in brine.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brȳne; cognate with Dutch brijn

brineless, adjective
briner, noun
brinish, adjective
brinishness, noun
unbrined, adjective Unabridged
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brine (braɪn)
1.  a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc
2.  the sea or its water
3.  chem
 a.  a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water
 b.  any solution of a salt in water: a potassium chloride brine
4.  (tr) to soak in or treat with brine
[Old English brīne; related to Middle Dutch brīne, Old Slavonic bridŭ bitter, Sanskrit bibhrāya burnt]

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O.E. bryne, origin unknown; no known cognates beyond Du. brijn, Flem. brijne.
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brine   (brīn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride. The high salt content is usually due to evaporation or freezing.

  2. The water of a sea or ocean.

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salt water, particularly a highly concentrated water solution of common salt (sodium chloride). Natural brines occur underground, in salt lakes, or as seawater and are commercially important sources of common salt and other salts, such as chlorides and sulfates of magnesium and potassium.

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Example sentences
Winter hustling shoulder and heft: salt lick, brine spring.
Brine your chicken using a solution of salt, sugar, and seasonings.
Ten hours of salt-brine and two hours of smoking over beechwood is all they need.
As you've no doubt figured by now, brine is wet by its nature.
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