Definition of brine in English:

brine

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Pronunciation: /brʌɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Water strongly impregnated with salt: the olives have been stored in brine
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    • 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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    • My Uncle Phil taught me how to make this dill pickle brine.
    • Jimenez was treating the cut with anti-bacterial ointment and pickle brine.
    • Make a Dirty Martini cocktail by increasing the vermouth and adding olive brine.
  • 1.3 technical A strong solution of a salt or salts: these brines percolated downwards
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    • 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.

verb

[with object] (often as adjective brined) Back to top  
  • Soak or preserve in salty water: brined anchovies
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    • 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.

Origin

Old English brīne, of unknown origin.

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