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[brahyn] /braɪn/
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.
Origin of brine
before 1000; Middle English; Old English brȳne; cognate with Dutch brijn
Related forms
brineless, adjective
briner, noun
brinish, adjective
brinishness, noun
unbrined, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brine
  • Winter hustling shoulder and heft: salt lick, brine spring.
  • brine your chicken using a solution of salt, sugar, and seasonings.
  • As the salt leaches the water from the fish, they sit in a self-created brine, then are hung up to dry.
  • Engineers flushed the domes with water to dissolve the salt, then pumped out the brine to create a nicely sealed cavern.
  • Ten hours of salt-brine and two hours of smoking over beechwood is all they need.
  • For instance, brine is the term for salt solutions used in curing or pickling preservation processes.
  • Salt rich water, or brine, could meet the requirements at the near-surface environment of the crater walls.
  • Soaking the loin in a salt and sugar brine greatly reduces the chances of dry pork.
  • As salt is dissolved and brine is removed from the formation, the cavity grows in size.
  • As you've no doubt figured by now, brine is wet by its nature.
British Dictionary definitions for brine


a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc
the sea or its water
  1. a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water
  2. any solution of a salt in water: a potassium chloride brine
(transitive) to soak in or treat with brine
Derived Forms
brinish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brīne; related to Middle Dutch brīne, Old Slavonic bridŭ bitter, Sanskrit bibhrāya burnt
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Word Origin and History for brine

Old English bryne "brine," origin unknown; no known cognates beyond Dutch brijn, Flemish brijne.

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brine in Science
  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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