1. water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.
2. a salt and water solution for pickling.
3. the sea or ocean.
4. the water of the sea.
5. Chemistry: any saline solution.
6. to treat with or steep in brine.
Etymology: Middle English; Old English brȳne; cognate with Dutch brijn.
grips of the sea; - when you embark on a journey alone and the wind howls around your frame; the tides consume you; your feet grow tired and weary; and the devil claws for your exhausted soul.
Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning.
Pablo Neruda, It Is Born
Photography: Waves by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1980