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)

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 piny (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 The ceilings are tongue-in-groove pine, stained to blend with the fir. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Mix of woods and glass give inhabitants of $3.45M log home soaring views of nature," 27 June 2020 Mature olive, oak and pine trees add a park-like quality to the grounds, which have a swimming pool and an outdoor dining area. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Van Griffith estate in Los Feliz returns to market at $8.3 million," 26 June 2020 The rough road soon ducks into thick pine-oak woodlands with smatterings of fir and spruce and begins a mild climb along a ridge above Fulton Canyon. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Shady, flowery hike near Flagstaff, AZ, is a fun summer outing. Here are 2 ways to try it," 24 June 2020 The wood portion is in excellent condition, built from very wide pine boards. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Huge yard sale raises funds for Medina’s McDowell-Phillips House restoration," 14 June 2020 Photos and other artwork by Minnesotans are plentiful, as are the property’s original pine beams. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stay in a repurposed candy factory and more historic buildings at these Midwest hotels," 9 June 2020 But habitat quality issues, such as logging and the removal of the pine trees that tiger prey depend on, can also impact the tigers. Lauren Kent, CNN, "What is the real tiger king? Answer: The Siberian tiger, and its kingdom is under attack," 8 June 2020 In response, Israel is considering planting non-native trees that can deal with hotter weather, like acacias, rather than pine and cypress. National Geographic, "Why science matters in a tough time," 3 June 2020 The wider east end features cottages shaded by tall pine trees, while the west end’s beach houses stand on stilts and face the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Mississippi Sound on the other. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "The Mobile Bay Ferry gives you the best of both worlds at the beach," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How America’s political class must pine for the halcyon days of just a few weeks ago, when only statues of Confederate generals (and the occasional Christopher Columbus) had to fear being pulled down or defaced. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Speak Up, Mr. Biden," 29 June 2020 As the summer begins — but not summer camps — families cooped up at home for three months are beginning to pine for vacations. NBC News, "Double air miles, a free stay in Sicily and $10 nights on the Las Vegas Strip? Welcome to summer 2020.," 25 May 2020 The wreath was still on the door and outside the January wind was corralling tinsel and pine needles into storm drains. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, "What Didn’t Kill Her," 5 June 2020 Koracick was going to pine for Teddy in plain sight — all while insulting Owen — until Teddy either left Owen or Koracick snarked his way into a new relationship. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Grey’s Anatomy Needs To Stop Hurting Its Very Best New Couple," 31 Jan. 2020 Snow hung on branches, clung to pine boughs and lay plastered on tree trunks, creating a beautiful monochromatic landscape. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A snowy climb to the top of Great Hill Mountain in East Hampton after the season’s first snowfall," 6 Dec. 2019 Although 82 percent of Christmas trees in U.S. households are artificial, according to the American Christmas Tree Association, folks still pine for that fresh-tree smell. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Seasonal scents that pass the sniff test," 28 Nov. 2019 Let dreamers and idealists pine for balanced budgets. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Against Debt Hysteria," 7 Nov. 2019 Along what used to be the water’s edge, retaining walls are slowly falling back into the lake bed, absent pressure from the water to keep them in place, and rickety docks seem to pine for the water that used to lap at their edges. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "Property owners on Guadalupe lakes feel they were left high and day.," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of pine was before the 12th century

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pine. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for pine

pine

noun
How to pronounce pine (audio)

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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