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1pine

noun, often attributive \ˈpīn\

: 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

Full Definition of PINE

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
:  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
:  any of various Australian coniferous trees (as of the genera Callitris or Araucaria)
4
:  pineapple
5
:  bench 1c
pin·ey also piny \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

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

2pine

verb

: to become thin and weak because of sadness or loss

pinedpin·ing

Full Definition of PINE

intransitive verb
1
:  to lose vigor, health, or flesh (as through grief) :  languish
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>.
PINY Defined for Kids

1pine

noun \ˈpīn\

Definition of PINE for Kids

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

2pine

verb
pinedpin·ing

Definition of PINE for Kids

1
:  to become thin and weak because of sadness or worry
2
:  to long for very much <She pined for home.>

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