Definition of brine in English:

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Pronunciation: /brīn/


1Water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.
Example sentences
  • The blocks are then salted in brine for 20 days and aged for two years.
  • You will find preserved vine leaves in good supermarkets and specialist stores in cans or jars, either in brine or salt.
  • Discard this water and use fresh water for your brine.
1.1Seawater: dolphins and whales can’t help taking in the odd gulp of brine as they swallow a fish
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  • In England, the relative lack of sunshine meant that salt was usually made by heating brine artificially.
  • You are still just treading water, gulping brine into your empty heart and lungs.
  • Ashore a spume of brine water rains from an overhanging crag and sluices back through the beach.
1.2A solution of salt and water in which food is preserved: the classic dirty martini includes a few drops of olive brine
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  • Red herring are fish which have been first soaked in brine with saltpetre added, then hung up to dry before being subjected to a heavy smoking - ideally over oak, beech, and turf.
  • One principal difference is whether the meat is dry salted or soaked in brine.
  • The beef is soaked in brine, brown sugar, juniper berries, and spices for any time between three weeks and three months.
1.3 technical A strong solution of a salt or salts: these brines percolated downward
More example sentences
  • The resin then must be ‘regenerated’ with a salt (sodium chloride) brine solution before further treatment can occur.
  • The brine solution cools the product down while at the same time, adds salt to the cheese.
  • Although not commonly used, potassium chloride can be used to create the salt brine.


[with object] (often as adjective brined)
Soak in or saturate with salty water: brined anchovies
More example sentences
  • I brined the scallops and hazelnuts in water, salt, sugar, and liquid smoke.
  • Fresh-pack or quick-process pickles are not fermented; some are brined several hours or overnight.
  • Some 120,000 pounds of cheese - about a third of the day's production - can be brined at one time.


Old English brīne, of unknown origin.

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