from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride.
- n. The water of a sea or an ocean.
- n. A large body of salt water.
- n. Salt water used for preserving and pickling foods.
- transitive v. To immerse, preserve, or pickle in salt water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. salt water; water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt; a salt-and-water solution for pickling
- n. the sea or ocean; the water of the sea
- v. To preserve food in a salt solution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The ocean; the water of an ocean, sea, or salt lake.
- n. Tears; -- so called from their saltness.
- transitive v. To steep or saturate in brine.
- transitive v. To sprinkle with salt or brine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt, like the water of the ocean; salt water.
- n. The sea as a body of salt water; the ocean.
- n. Tears.
- To steep in brine, as corn, in order to prevent smut.
- To mix salt with; make briny: as, to brine hay.
- n. The eyebrow.
- To bring: as, to brine it hither.
- n. In refriger., a solution of alkaline salts in water, which has a solidifying point below the temperature at which the solution is to be used.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. water containing salts
- v. soak in brine
- n. a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling
Middle English, from Old English brīne.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English brȳne, from Proto-Germanic *brein- (compare West Frisian brein, Dutch brijn), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreHi- ‘to cut, maim’ (compare Old Irish ro·bria ‘may hurt, damage’, Latin friāre ‘to rub, crumble’, Slovenian bríti ‘to shave, shear’, Albanian brej ‘to gnaw’, Sanskrit bhrīņā́ti ‘they injure, hurt’). (Wiktionary)