brine

[ brahyn ]
/ braɪn /

noun

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, brin·ing.

to treat with or steep in brine.

Nearby words

  1. brinded,
  2. brindisi,
  3. brindle,
  4. brindled,
  5. brindley,
  6. brine shrimp,
  7. brinell hardness number,
  8. brinelling,
  9. bring,
  10. bring about

Origin of brine

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

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British Dictionary definitions for brine

brine

/ (braɪn) /

noun

a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc
the sea or its water
chem
  1. a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water
  2. any solution of a salt in watera potassium chloride brine

verb

(tr) to soak in or treat with brine
Derived Formsbrinish, adjective

Word Origin for 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

brine

n.

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

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Science definitions for brine

brine

[ brīn ]

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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