- 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.
- to treat with or steep in brine.
Origin of brine
before 1000; Middle English; Old English brȳne; cognate with Dutch brijn
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Examples from the Web for brine
Dumping the brine from Point A into Point B is likely to cause lasting ecological damage.A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Idea for Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Cooperation
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I buy a farm-raised free-range turkey that I usually brine before roasting.Turkey Day Bacchanal
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The meat must always be kept completely immersed in the brine.
Let them lie in the brine for four days, turning them all over every day.
Make a brine of salt and water strong enough to bear an egg.
Strain the brine into the jar, so as to be about two inches above the butter.
But preserve it by making a brine of fine salt, dissolved in water.
- a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc
- the sea or its water
- a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water
- any solution of a salt in watera potassium chloride brine
- (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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Word Origin and History for brine
Old English bryne "brine," origin unknown; no known cognates beyond Dutch brijn, Flemish brijne.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride. The high salt content is usually due to evaporation or freezing.
- The water of a sea or ocean.
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