|pertaining to an aromatic compound, which contains one or more benzene or equivalent heterocyclic rings: many such compounds have an agreeable odor|
|like or containing an alkali, which neutralize acids to form salts and turn red litmus paper blue, or having a pH value greater than 7|
|1.||a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc|
|2.||the sea or its water|
|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]|
|brine (brīn) Pronunciation Key
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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