Definitions for: Brine


[n] a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling
[n] water containing salts; "the water in the ocean is all saltwater"
[v] soak in brine



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Cowper.

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
lakes.

Brine gauge, an instrument for measuring the saltness of a
liquid.

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
Artemia.

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.


Brine, v. t.
1. To steep or saturate in brine.

2. To sprinkle with salt or brine; as, to brine hay.

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

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