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

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 Nature preserve featuring pine flatwoods and wetlands. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 24 June 2022 The candles are infused with fave camping scents (think: s’mores and pine) to bring the great outdoors to your backyard while warding off biting insects. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2022 There are 30 to 40 pine and spruce trees on the property. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 What was happening historically was that the Ponderosa pine forest was resistant to fire as long as the fires were cooler. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 22 June 2022 The largest New Jersey wildfire since 2007, which has for days burned through the state’s southern pine lands, is now almost entirely contained, officials said Tuesday. Washington Post, 21 June 2022 There’s a dry, pine-like note to the finish that reminds of Dogfish Head 60-Minute. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 Breathing deeply, the mountain fresh air was scented with pine. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 While attempting to roll through a rocky channel on a downhill section, Agricola, who was 43 at the time, went flying over his handlebars and landed chest first on a downed pine log. Outside Online, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Everyone’s favorite 8-year-old existentialists pine over life’s meanings to a bouncy, smooth jazz, often-quite-funky score. oregonlive, 8 June 2022 Stories of a couple who makes it against all odds, of a woman who leaves her controlling boyfriend in the nick of time, of would-be lovers who pine for each other in silence, of a priest who falls in love with his choir director. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 27 May 2022 The Prince Edward-Gallion parkland, home to pine and hardwood trees, is Virginia's first state forest. Joe Studley, NBC News, 23 May 2022 Hardcore Isbell fans pine for his Drive-By Truckers classics. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 16 May 2022 For instance, both characters pine for Layla El-Fahouly (May Calamawy), Marc’s wife, but in a distinctly unique way. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 6 May 2022 Urban residents still pine for mountain escapes, perhaps now more than before. Devon O’neil, Outside Online, 4 June 2020 Sometimes just one hop variety is used in a beer, but more often several are working together—a chorus of little green cones in your pint glass, offering the sipper hints of anything from grass to pine to mango to tangerine. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, 7 Oct. 2020 But liberals also pine for the postwar U.S., specifically its foreign relations. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pine. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for pine

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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