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often attributive
: 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
: 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
: any of various Australian coniferous trees (as of the genera Callitris or Araucaria)
piney adjective
or less commonly piny


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pined; pining

intransitive verb

: to lose vigor, health, or flesh (as through grief) : languish
: to yearn intensely and persistently especially for something unattainable
they still pined for their lost wealth
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of pine in a Sentence

Verb pining for a house in the mountains
Recent Examples on the Web
Moments before taking the Great Northern Stage as the Friday night headliner, Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker was sitting at a picnic table underneath a large pine tree backstage ruminating on nearly 20 years together as a band. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2024 Turquoise lakes nestled among groves of old-growth whitebark pines. Jake Stern, Outside Online, 3 July 2024
And fans are either pining to go back to the good old days of amateurism (not going to happen) or rooting for the world to burn so that their favorite school can buy the next star quarterback. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 And pining wistfully for that special girl waiting at home. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for pine 

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Word History



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


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

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
pined; pining
: to lose energy, health, or weight through grief, worry, or distress
pine away
: to long for very much


2 of 2 noun
: any of a genus of evergreen trees that have narrow needles for leaves, cones, and wood ranging from very soft to hard and that include valuable timber trees as well as many ornamentals
: the white or yellow wood of a pine
piney adjective
also piny

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
: any tree of the genus Pinus


2 of 2 noun
: 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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