Definition of brine in US English:

brine

noun

  • 1Water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.

    • ‘To remove glucoside oleuropein, one either puts the picked olives in lye, salt, brine, or repeated baths of water.’
    • ‘Quickly follow the vermouth with a splash of olive brine, a squeeze of lime and three dashes of bitters.’
    • ‘The corpse is quickly stripped and butchered, salted in curing brine, and left to dry in a smoke hut overnight.’
    • ‘Stir in 2 tablespoons drained green peppercorns in brine and salt to taste.’
    • ‘Hulking guys serve up platters of prawns, steamed crabs, and just-shucked oysters glistening in brine.’
    • ‘These catalysts could be water, brine, wine, beer or other similar liquids.’
    • ‘He doesn't just look well-preserved, he looks like he's been pickled in brine.’
    • ‘They should be on the bone, and laid dry in salt rather than in brine.’
    • ‘We don't add brine so you're not buying water, so there is a value for money advantage too.’
    • ‘Discard this water and use fresh water for your brine.’
    • ‘The block forms are also placed in a cooling bed of brine.’
    • ‘The resulting liquid brine helps break down the ice for easier plowing and removal.’
    • ‘The blocks are then salted in brine for 20 days and aged for two years.’
    • ‘Can you imagine how dry your thanksgiving turkey would be if there wasn't at least a 6% brine added to the turkey?’
    • ‘His rough, callused hands felt like they'd been soaked overnight in brine.’
    • ‘You will find preserved vine leaves in good supermarkets and specialist stores in cans or jars, either in brine or salt.’
    • ‘In preparation for this operation, hundreds of pipes filled with circulating, frigid brine are driven into the ground.’
    • ‘Kumamoto oysters are enhanced by just enough brine in their mignonette.’
    • ‘Avoid eating foods prepared in brine, like pickles, olives, and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘We stepped inside the store, that familiar smell of spices, cloth, and pork brine meeting my nose at once.’
    sea, ocean, deep
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    1. 1.1 Seawater.
      ‘dolphins and whales can't help taking in the odd gulp of brine as they swallow a fish’
      • ‘They framed the vast expanse of brine and muddy flats where Hunt set up shop.’
      • ‘The brine dries white on our dark faces and arms.’
      • ‘Ashore a spume of brine water rains from an overhanging crag and sluices back through the beach.’
      • ‘A trace of an ocean breeze, brine and seaweed, lingered in the air for just an instant, and was gone.’
      • ‘You are still just treading water, gulping brine into your empty heart and lungs.’
      • ‘Men ran to the rail with torches and peered down at the brine, hoping to catch sight of her.’
      • ‘His hands gripped pallidly upon the rail, and they were white with more than just the chill brine of the sea.’
      • ‘The brine tank lay on the port side of the compartment.’
      • ‘The water's crawling with the larvae of brine flies and midges these waterfowl love.’
      • ‘In England, the relative lack of sunshine meant that salt was usually made by heating brine artificially.’
      • ‘I was wrenched back into the frigid brine, unconscious, and helpless.’
      • ‘A few stones were dislodged by the movement and tumbled into the brine with their earlier neighbours.’
      • ‘Who's willing to put themselves on the line for these mysterious little creatures of the murky brine?’
      • ‘Despite the numbing cold, he was aware of intense pain as the brine bit into his wounds.’
      • ‘He'll just swim way out and start gargling brine.’
    2. 1.2 A solution of salt and water in which food is preserved.
      ‘the classic dirty martini includes a few drops of olive brine’
      • ‘One principal difference is whether the meat is dry salted or soaked in brine.’
      • ‘Whether it is canned in oil, brine, or spring water, canned tuna is low in omega 3 essential fats.’
      • ‘Fish sauce is what you get when you leave anchovies or similar small fish to pickle in brine until nearly dissolved, and then filter the resulting liquid.’
      • ‘Jimenez was treating the cut with anti-bacterial ointment and pickle brine.’
      • ‘The beef is soaked in brine, brown sugar, juniper berries, and spices for any time between three weeks and three months.’
      • ‘Pickling in brine had already been done for centuries.’
      • ‘We purchase Spanish chorizo and Roquefort cheese and gherkins in brine and red chillies in olive oil.’
      • ‘Make a Dirty Martini cocktail by increasing the vermouth and adding olive brine.’
      • ‘The salmon they carried from Berwick was boiled, pickled in brine and delivered in barrels known as kitts.’
      • ‘Halloumi is creamy white with a fibrous texture, and is firmer, less brittle and generally less salty than Feta, even though it is also soaked in brine during manufacture.’
      • ‘Molly explained: "We thought a few olive trees would be a good idea so that we could have our own olives in brine and enough oil for the year."’
      • ‘My Uncle Phil taught me how to make this dill pickle brine.’
      • ‘Red herring are fish which have been first soaked in brine with saltpetre added, then hung up to dry before being subjected to a heavy smoking - ideally over oak, beech, and turf.’
      • ‘Black olives are picked when ripe and are pickled in brine and sometimes then in oil.’
      • ‘The three best known varieties are; tangy cracked green olives soaked in a salt brine, delicate tan or violet olives, and sharp, dry-cured, black olives.’
      • ‘Quickly follow the vermouth with a splash of olive brine, a squeeze of lime and three dashes of bitters.’
      • ‘Also very different from anything found in this part of the world are small dishes called turshi (vegetables soaked in spicy brine).’
    3. 1.3technical A strong solution of a salt or salts.
      ‘these brines percolated downward’
      • ‘The resin then must be ‘regenerated’ with a salt (sodium chloride) brine solution before further treatment can occur.’
      • ‘The brine solution cools the product down while at the same time, adds salt to the cheese.’
      • ‘Chlorine is a basic industrial chemical, prepared in immense quantities by electrolysis of brine.’
      • ‘Although not commonly used, potassium chloride can be used to create the salt brine.’
      • ‘It is full of brine at a terrific density, about two-and-a-half pounds of salt to the gallon.’

verb

[with object]often as adjective brined
  • Soak in or saturate with salty water.

    ‘brined anchovies’
    • ‘We did brine some turkeys last week and they were ultra juicy.’
    • ‘I brined the scallops and hazelnuts in water, salt, sugar, and liquid smoke.’
    • ‘You might have tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too.’
    • ‘Some 120,000 pounds of cheese - about a third of the day's production - can be brined at one time.’
    • ‘Fresh-pack or quick-process pickles are not fermented; some are brined several hours or overnight.’
    marinade, marinate, soak, souse, macerate
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Origin

Old English brīne, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

brine

/brīn//braɪn/