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pine

noun, often attributive \ ˈpīn \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of pine

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
5 : bench 1c

piney

or less commonly piny play \ˈpī-nē\ adjective

Recent Examples of pine from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of pine

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

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pine

verb

Definition of pine

pined; pining
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

Recent Examples of pine from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of pine

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

Synonym Discussion of 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


PINE Defined for English Language Learners

pine

noun

Definition of pine for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pine for English Language Learners

  • : to become thin and weak because of sadness or loss


PINE Defined for Kids

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pine

noun \ ˈpīn \

Definition of pine for Students

: an evergreen tree that has cones, narrow needles for leaves, and a wood that ranges from very soft to hard

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pine

verb

Definition of pine for Students

pined; pining
1 : to become thin and weak because of sadness or worry
2 : to long for very much
  • She pined for home.

Medical Dictionary

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pine

noun \ ˈpīn \

medical Definition of pine

: any tree of the genus Pinus

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pine

noun

medical Definition of pine

: 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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