1. Water saturated or strongly inpregnated 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.
(Science: medicine) What a deal of brine Hath washed thy sallow cheecks for Rosaline! (Shak) brine fly, brine which drops from granulated salt in drying, and is preserved to be boiled again.
Origin: as. Bryne a burning, salt liquor, brine, fr. Brinnan, brynnan, to burn. See burn.