pine

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpīn How to pronounce pine (audio) \

Definition of pine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pine

verb
pined; pining

Definition of pine (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from pine

Noun

piney or less commonly piny \ ˈpī-​nē How to pronounce pine (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Scientists studying pack rat middens at the City of Rocks National Reserve have determined that the area’s iconic pinyon pine trees first arrived about 2,800 years ago and became prevalent about 700 years ago. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 When the Caldor Fire gobbled up pine trees and crossed the Sierra Nevada last week, South Lake Tahoe, transformed into a ghost town. Sam Metz, ajc, 7 Sep. 2021 With flames leaping across the crowns of pine trees, the inferno became so intense that firefighters had to pull out, according to Caldor fire spokesman Dave Lauchner. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 The heat, coming amid what has already been a particularly hot summer, has turned Greece’s forests, including large areas of easily flammable pine trees, into bone-dry tinderboxes. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021 East Course, maybe 4 feet from just behind the pin, shadows lengthening, the pine trees gently swaying in the breeze, cicadas crackling like overhead power lines … for the Olympic gold medal. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Crucially, though, the glut of mill-ready pine trees in the South kept log prices depressed and mill profit margins wide in the continent’s most prolific lumber-producing region. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 30 July 2021 Dark green pine trees, white churches, and lots of sand, rocks, and singing. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2021 These include junipers, holly, redcedar, arborvitae and small pine trees. oregonlive, 14 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eco-warriors seem to pine only for solar panels, carbon sinks and bird-slicing wind turbines. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 27 June 2021 Former employees still pine for that Kodak, some of them gathering in Facebook groups to reminisce. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 16 June 2021 The straightforward trail follows along the creek for about 2 miles, with aspen and pine providing cover and wildflowers popping at about a mile in. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 Follow mile-long Charley’s Loop Trail into woodlands of hemlock, hardwood, and pine to connect with Little Purgatory Chasm Trail, leading to a mini (10-foot-tall walls) version of the chasm. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Larger banking brands' lack of focus on the broader experience made customers pine for something better, and D2C FinTech swooped right in. Dov Marmor, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Friedman understands why some fans might pine for Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez, key contributors on the Dodgers’ 2020 World Series champions. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 The latter still has a cult following, and many still pine for EA to bring the franchise back. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Microsoft signed on to buy 200,000 offsets when SilviaTerra opened its market to pine growers in 11 Southern states. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of pine

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pine

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English, from Old English pīnian to suffer, from *pīn punishment, from Latin poena — more at pain entry 1

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13 Sep 2021

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“Pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pine. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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pine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pine (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become thin and weak because of sadness or loss

pine

noun
\ ˈpīn How to pronounce pine (audio) \

Kids Definition of pine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pine

verb
pined; pining

Kids Definition of pine (Entry 2 of 2)

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

pine

noun
\ ˈpīn How to pronounce pine (audio) \

Medical Definition of pine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any tree of the genus Pinus

pine

noun

Medical Definition of pine (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dietary deficiency disease of sheep or cattle marked by anemia, malnutrition, and general debility specifically : such a disease due to cobalt deficiency — compare morton mains disease

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