[ brahyn ]
See synonyms for: brinebrinedbrining on

  1. water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.

  2. a salt and water solution for pickling.

  1. the sea or ocean.

  2. the water of the sea.

  3. Chemistry. any saline solution.

verb (used with object),brined, brin·ing.
  1. to treat with or steep in brine.

Origin of brine

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

Other words from brine

  • brineless, adjective
  • briner, noun
  • brinish, adjective
  • brin·ish·ness, noun
  • un·brined, adjective

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How to use brine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brine


/ (braɪn) /

  1. a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc

  2. the sea or its water

  1. chem

    • a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water

    • any solution of a salt in water: a potassium chloride brine

  1. (tr) to soak in or treat with brine

Origin of brine

Old English brīne; related to Middle Dutch brīne, Old Slavonic bridŭ bitter, Sanskrit bibhrāya burnt

Derived forms of brine

  • brinish, adjective

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Scientific definitions for brine


[ brīn ]

  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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