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Meaning of BRINE

Pronunciation:  brIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling
  2. [n]  water containing salts; "the water in the ocean is all saltwater"
  3. [v]  soak in brine
 Synonyms: saltwater, seawater
 Antonyms: fresh water
 See Also: atomic number 11, atomic number 19, atomic number 35, atomic number 53, Br, bromine, calcium chloride, common salt, douse, dowse, drench, evaporite, H2O, I, iodin, iodine, K, Na, potassium, red tide, soak, sodium, sodium chloride, solution, sop, souse, water



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brine\, n. [AS. bryne a burning, salt liquor, brine, fr.
    brinnan, brynnan, to burn. See {Burn}.]
    1. Water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt; pickle;
       hence, any strong saline solution; also, the saline
       residue or strong mother liquor resulting from the
       evaporation of natural or artificial waters.
    2. The ocean; the water of an ocean, sea, or salt lake.
             Not long beneath the whelming brine . . . he lay.
    3. Tears; -- so called from their saltness.
             What a deal of brine Hath washed thy sallow cheecks
             for Rosaline!                         --Shak.
    {Brine fly} (Zo["o]l.), a fly of the genus {Ephydra}, the
       larv[ae] of which live in artificial brines and in salt
    {Brine gauge}, an instrument for measuring the saltness of a
    {Brine pan}, a pit or pan of salt water, where salt is formed
       by cristallization.
    {Brine pit}, a salt spring or well, from which water is taken
       to be boiled or evaporated for making salt.
    {Brine pump} (Marine Engin.), a pump for changing the water
       in the boilers, so as to clear them of the brine which
       collects at the bottom.
    {Brine shrimp}, {Brine worm} (Zo["o]l.), a phyllopod
       crustacean of the genus {Artemia}, inhabiting the strong
       brines of salt works and natural salt lakes. See
    {Brine spring}, a spring of salt water.
    {Leach brine} (Saltmaking), brine which drops from granulated
       salt in drying, and is preserved to be boiled again.
  2. \Brine\, v. t.
    1. To steep or saturate in brine.
    2. To sprinkle with salt or brine; as, to brine hay.