saline, adj. & n.
1 (of natural waters, springs, etc.) impregnated with or containing salt or salts.
2 (of food or drink etc.) tasting of salt.
3 of chemical salts.
4 of the nature of a salt.
5 (of medicine) containing a salt or salts of alkaline metals or magnesium.
1 a salt lake, spring, marsh, etc.
2 a salt-pan or salt-works.
3 a saline substance, esp. a medicine.
4 a solution of salt in water.
salinity n. salinization n. salinometer n.
ME f. L sal salt
saltiness, niter, saltpeter, brine, salty, salt, saline
, brackish, briny, salty as brine, salty as a herring, salty as Lot's wife, salty, racy (indecent), take it with a grain of salt.