- water full of salt; heavily saturated salt solution, as for use in pickling
- the water of the sea
- the sea; ocean
Origin of brineMiddle English and OE; probably from Indo-European an unverified form bhr?i-, to cut (from source Classical Latin friare, to crumble) from base an unverified form bher-, to cut; origin, originally sense “cutting, sharp”
transitive verbbrined, brin′ing
- Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride.
- a. The water of a sea or an ocean.b. A large body of salt water.
- Salt water used for preserving and pickling foods.
transitive verbbrined, brin·ing, brines
Origin of brineMiddle English from Old English brīne
(third-person singular simple present brines, present participle brining, simple past and past participle brined)
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”), Slovene bríti (“to shave, shear”), Albanian brej (“to gnaw”), Sanskrit [script?] (bhrīņā́ti, “they injure, hurt”)