\ ˈbrīn How to pronounce brine (audio) \

Definition of brine

 (Entry 1 of 2)
1a : water saturated or strongly impregnated with common salt
b : a strong saline solution (as of calcium chloride)
2 : the water of a sea or salt lake


brined; brining
Definition of brine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat (as by steeping) with brine

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Other Words from brine


briner noun

Synonyms for brine

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of brine in a Sentence

Noun The chicken was soaked in brine before it was roasted. for hundreds of years people from Atlantic Canada have made their living from the brine
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dave Parker, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, said workers on Tuesday were plowing main highways down to 1 or 2 inches of snow, then applying rock salt or brine to facilitate melting. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, "NWA shivers; no heat for thousands," 17 Feb. 2021 Texas Transportation Department and North Texas Tollway Authority crews began pretreating roads this week with a solution called brine that helps prevent ice. Dallas News, "Winter weather advisory issued for Dallas-Fort Worth with freezing rain possible," 10 Feb. 2021 Admittedly, the seafood in the suds remains mostly in the background, though a bit of brine emerges on the palate, but still – making a beer with lobster? Marc Bona, cleveland, "2020’s biggest beer stories in Northeast Ohio," 28 Dec. 2020 These salts have an affinity for water molecules and can collect water vapor over time, turning into a brine with a very low freezing temperature. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Mars’ underground brine could be a good source of oxygen," 30 Nov. 2020 But unlike a long bath brine or marinade, the flavors of the binding agent don’t transfer as much, so your meat won’t end up tasting like a ballpark frank. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Binding agents for meat like mayonnaise, mustard and olive oil make seasonings stick, retain moisture," 21 Sep. 2020 The liquid is sucked back to the surface in the form of brine. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This hollowed-out Utah cavern will hold millions of barrels of gasoline. Some question if it is safe.," 25 Dec. 2020 Olives, ham, beer and peppers with their brine offer salt, fat, acid, umami and a bright pop of color. New York Times, "Rice and Beans, With an Exhilarating Crunch," 2 Dec. 2020 Some people choose to dry brine their turkey — rub it with salt, basically. Washington Post, "How big a turkey should I buy? That and other Thanksgiving FAQs answered.," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here, there’s a bit of prep time to brine and smoke the chicken, but the rest of the dish goes together easily right before the meal. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Go small and stay home: How to make Thanksgiving 2020 special," 3 Nov. 2020 To brine: Combine all ingredients except ice and chicken in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Go small and stay home: How to make Thanksgiving 2020 special," 3 Nov. 2020 Learning how to brine a turkey will result in perfectly moist slices. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "What to Know Before Cooking Your Turkey Upside Down," 2 Nov. 2020 The turkey should be completely defrosted and, ideally, brined (psst… learn how to brine turkey for your best bird yet) before roasting. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, "How to Safely Thaw a Frozen Turkey in Time for Thanksgiving Dinner," 3 Oct. 2020 Experts say clusters like the one in South Korea could become the new normal as countries—including the U.S.—try to balance brining the pandemic under control with restarting their economies. Amy Gunia, Time, "What South Korea's Nightclub Coronavirus Outbreak Can Teach Other Countries as They Reopen," 12 May 2020 Martin was accused of brining tobacco products into the jail for the inmates, Sheriff Phil Sims’ office announced in a press release. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Jailer fired, arrested on charge of smuggling tobacco for inmates," 8 May 2020 Jack also tried brining a bit of humor to the topic by referencing the story of his father once biting the head off of a bat during a 1982 concert. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack says he won't let 'a disease started by bats' hurt his father," 1 May 2020 The meal includes a 5-pound brined and smoked ham, a pint each of the house pasta salad and coleslaw, a dozen rolls and BBQ sauce ($64). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants are doing Mother's Day specials by takeout this year," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of brine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brine


Middle English, from Old English brȳne; akin to Middle Dutch brīne brine

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“Brine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brine

: a mixture of salty water used especially to preserve or add flavor to food
: the salty water of the ocean


\ ˈbrīn How to pronounce brine (audio) \

Kids Definition of brine

1 : a mixture of salty water used especially to preserve or season food pickle brine
2 : the salty water of the ocean

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