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pine

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noun, often attributive \ˈpīn\

Simple Definition of pine

  • : a tree that has long, thin needles instead of leaves and that stays green throughout the year

  • : the wood of a pine tree that is often used to make furniture

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pine

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Pinus of the family Pinaceae, the pine family) of coniferous evergreen trees that have slender elongated needles and include some valuable timber trees and ornamentals

  2. 2 :  the straight-grained white or yellow usually durable and resinous wood of a pine varying from extreme softness in the white pine to hardness in the longleaf pine

  3. 3 :  any of various Australian coniferous trees (as of the genera Callitris or Araucaria)

  4. 4 :  pineapple

  5. 5 :  bench 1c

piney also piny play \ˈpī-nē\ adjective

Origin of pine

Middle English, from Old English pīn, from Latin pinus; probably akin to Greek pitys pine


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms


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pine

verb

Simple Definition of pine

  • : to become thin and weak because of sadness or loss

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pine

pinedpining

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lose vigor, health, or flesh (as through grief) :  languish

  3. 2 :  to yearn intensely and persistently especially for something unattainable <they still pined for their lost wealth>

Origin of pine

Middle English, from Old English pīnian to suffer, from *pīn punishment, from Latin poena — more at pain


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pine

long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong desire for something. long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain <longed for some rest>. yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing <yearned for a stage career>. hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire <always hankering for money>. pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible <pined for a lost love>. hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need <hungered for a business of his own> <thirsted for power>.


PINE Defined for Kids

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pine

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noun \ˈpīn\

Definition of pine for Students

  1. :  an evergreen tree that has cones, narrow needles for leaves, and a wood that ranges from very soft to hard




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pine

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verb

Definition of pine for Students

pinedpining

  1. 1 :  to become thin and weak because of sadness or worry

  2. 2 :  to long for very much <She pined for home.>





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