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 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 800-foot track winds its way through a landscape of pine trees, snowbanks and lights, creating a sensory experience not found with traditional rinks. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These festivals, ongoing exhibits and community activities offer months of entertainment," 14 Sep. 2019 The only sound was the wind moaning through the pine trees. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Crews ended up making a temporary repair to the pipe by cutting down a nearby pine tree, stuffing a portion of its trunk in the hole and then encasing the pipe and plug in concrete. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "More care needed around Fort Lauderdale’s fragile water pipes, commissioner says," 1 Aug. 2019 Not quite as ancient is a black pine tree that was featured in the Japanese Exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "12 coolest Bay Area things you didn’t know you could do," 29 July 2019 Flames shot up in dry grass near the Feather River, fanned into nearby pine trees and raced 8 miles to town. AZCentral.com, "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019 The rotten floor was ripped up and carted away, replaced by a layer of Roxul insulation (the vermin don’t like it, nor does moisture) and this sweet tongue-in-groove pine floor from a local (well, two hours away) mill. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 The Lazaretto is a utilitarian structure with imperfect brickwork and pine floors, most likely designed by the carpenters who built it. Inga Saffron, https://www.inquirer.com, "This building on the Delaware River saved immigrant lives for 95 years. Now it’s been rescued by Tinicum Twp. | Inga Saffron," 4 June 2019 The kitchen was expanded, a breakfast room was added, and heart-pine floors were switched to a paler oak. Julia Reed, ELLE Decor, "Tour a rebuilt and refreshed California home damaged by fire," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hack the North, which kicks off this weekend, draws interested students from around the globe who pine for a chance to participate in the prestigious gathering. BostonGlobe.com, "When 15-year-old Theo Bleier’s application to Hack the North, Canada’s largest hack-a-thon, was rejected recently, he didn’t just call it quits and wallow in self-pity.," 14 Sep. 2019 For three 20-something UConn grads living in New York City, avid fans of the Huskies’ athletic teams, the urge to take action overtook the impulse to pine wistfully for past glory. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn grads help fill empty seats at Huskies athletic events with youth groups through nonprofit," 14 June 2019 Location: Kauai, Hawaii Price: $6,950,000 As the last days of fall start to dwindle into winter, people who pine for sunny skies may dream of moving to a place where summer never ends. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern Hawaii home takes indoor-outdoor living to airy heights for $6.9M," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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 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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