pine

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpīn \

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 \ 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 tournament pines for tragedy, for surprises—and wild unpredictability may, in fact, be the best side benefit of soccer’s murky moral arena. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, Phoenix Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds had his players starting up at 5:30 in the morning in the cool pines of Flagstaff. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Scenes from Arizona high school football preseason camps," 10 July 2018 The trail starts near level, a mix of packed trail in pines with patches of volcanic rubble, for 1.5 miles en route to the base of the Cinder Cone. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cinder Cone’s mystery unveiled in Land of Smoke," 6 June 2018 That row of pines dates to the 1930s and the Work Progress Administration. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Photos: Log cabin in Metamora creates lavish comforts of home," 22 June 2018 This easy 8- or 14.8-mile mountain bike trail in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest follows mostly singletrack trail through stands of pines, hardwoods and past lakes. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 top trails to hike, bike or paddle in the Cable area," 7 June 2018 Both blue grosbeaks and indigo buntings sang from the tops of some pines. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 Plum, raspberry and other bright red fruits give way to notes of pine delivered with grippy tannins. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values," 31 May 2018 Everything was new to me: the orange blossoms of the sticky monkey flower, the dusty leaves of the yerba santa, the knots — or galls — on the trunks of certain pines that are essentially benign tumors. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "The thrill of finding Steinbeck's magical lily on a botany outing to California's Central Coast," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pacers fans have had no reason to pine for Paul George this season, not with both Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis smashing expectations during a surprising thrill ride. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Playoffs: The Biggest Questions For Each Series," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s some humor, and some cool monsters, and a seductive droid named L3 (voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) whom Lando seems to pine for. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Solo: A Star Wars Story is the safest, most forgettable Star Wars movie," 24 May 2018 Ndegeocello, 49, may pine for her teen years, but any nostalgia is filtered on her new album through the prism of age and wisdom. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meshell Ndegeocello San Diego-bound to promote 'Ventriloquism,' a covers album with many twists," 6 May 2018 In a cruel twist of fate, their characters continued to pine for each other on the show for another two years. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "22 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 6 Feb. 2018 In a cruel twist of fate, their characters continued to pine for each other on the show for another two years. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "22 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 6 Feb. 2018 Some in the Bay Area who pine for the fruit orchards of the Valley of Heart’s Delight might want to keep Silicon Valley as a replacement label. Owen Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Silicon Valley faces an uncertain future — starting with its definition," 12 Mar. 2018 In a cruel twist of fate, their characters continued to pine for each other on the show for another two years. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "22 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 6 Feb. 2018 In a cruel twist of fate, their characters continued to pine for each other on the show for another two years. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "22 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 6 Feb. 2018

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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

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pine away

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More Definitions for pine

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 \

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 \

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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