Water that contains salt is called brine. You can always tell when you are close to the ocean, because you can smell the brine and hear the sea gulls.

Brine is also a salty solution used to pickle or preserve foods. If you want to make pickles, you have to soak cucumbers in brine for several days or even weeks before canning them. As a verb, brine means to soak in a salty solution. If you live in the southern United States, you might brine watermelon rind and okra, which may sound strange to someone from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who’s more familiar with brining eggs.

Definitions of brine
  1. noun

    a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling

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    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution

  2. noun

    water containing salts

    saltwater, seawater
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    fresh water, freshwater

    water that is not salty

    red tide

    seawater that is discolored by large numbers of certain dinoflagellates that produce saxitoxin
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    H2O, water

    binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent

  3. verb

    soak in brine

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    douse, dowse, drench, soak, sop, souse

    cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

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