\ 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

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 There are also 226 active underground injection wells that companies use to store brine, the liquid waste produced after blasting underground shale with water, according to 2020 numbers from ODNR. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 Pop these on your breakfast tacos, add them to a sandwich, add them to your grain bowl, or use the brine in a vinaigrette for a bit of a zip. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 After some time — at least one hour — this brine will reabsorb into the steak, yielding a better seasoned, juicier piece of meat. Jeffrey Gardner, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 The power plants drill down and bring up the hot brine. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Mar. 2022 Transportation department workers started spreading brine on roads Thursday, a job expected to finish Friday, Cooper's office said. Jason Hanna, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Drain and pat dry ingredients packed in brine to avoid watering down the dressing. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 Olive brine, vermouth, chilled, shaken and, to me, a really nice glass is important as well. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Remove pork from brine, pat dry and place on foil, plastic wrap or butcher paper. Matthew Cook, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The column essentially suggested that brining is out of favor, though Severson spoke to several people who still wet-brine their turkeys. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 Murphy has been known since to overprepare for storms, sending trucks to brine roadways ahead of storms that never materialize. Sarah Rankin, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 The family shared recipes for a fish sauce-marinated turkey that can brine in a wet rub for up to four days, blistered vegetables in scallion oil, and a salted meyer lemon cocktail to wash it all down with. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 14 Dec. 2021 Do not brine kosher turkeys or self-basting turkeys. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 However, some say there is no reason to brine at all. Aaron Hutcherson, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2021 Americans brine it in buttermilk and fry until golden brown. Lauren Kotmel, cleveland, 20 July 2021 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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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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