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)

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 Someone drove a truck into a pine tree that fell onto a road in McCleod, Texas, causing at least one injury, said Don Blackwell of the Cass County Fire Department. Haley Brink And Alta Spells, CNN, "Severe storms possible across parts of the Southeast Saturday," 25 Apr. 2020 According to the map, my pine tree was approaching. Drew Barrymore, Condé Nast Traveler, "Drew Barrymore on the Teenage Road Trip That Taught Her Independence," 26 Mar. 2020 Blue ribbons adorn the pine trees surrounding the center, in remembrance of the 35 facility residents and staff who have died so far from coronavirus, and of the many more who have fallen ill. Michael Hendrix, National Review, "How a Washington State Nursing Home Became the Center of the COVID-19 Pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 Daffodils and tulips were peeking out of the ground a month early in Washington, D.C., and clouds of pollen emerged from pine trees in North Carolina two months early. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "In Louisville and dozens of cities east of the Mississippi, winter never really happened," 5 Mar. 2020 Off to his left, an unbroken stand of stately pine trees spread out over the Mississippi lowlands. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Relativity Space has big dreams. Is the company for real?," 3 Mar. 2020 Another transmitter is pinging a signal from a bald eagle nest high in a lakeside pine tree. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Largemouth bass research hits a snag," 15 Feb. 2020 Shop Now Frost and Fir Votives Gift Set Your apartment is too small to be the home of a cute pine tree? Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "12 Best Holiday Candles for Those Cozy Winter Nights," 10 Dec. 2019 Juniper is a conifer, just like a pine tree, spruce, redwood, or fir. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "I Now Pronounce It Tom Collins Season," 23 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Koracick was going to pine for Teddy in plain sight — all while insulting Owen — until Teddy either left Owen or Koracick snarked his way into a new relationship. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Grey’s Anatomy Needs To Stop Hurting Its Very Best New Couple," 31 Jan. 2020 Snow hung on branches, clung to pine boughs and lay plastered on tree trunks, creating a beautiful monochromatic landscape. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A snowy climb to the top of Great Hill Mountain in East Hampton after the season’s first snowfall," 6 Dec. 2019 Although 82 percent of Christmas trees in U.S. households are artificial, according to the American Christmas Tree Association, folks still pine for that fresh-tree smell. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Seasonal scents that pass the sniff test," 28 Nov. 2019 Let dreamers and idealists pine for balanced budgets. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Against Debt Hysteria," 7 Nov. 2019 Along what used to be the water’s edge, retaining walls are slowly falling back into the lake bed, absent pressure from the water to keep them in place, and rickety docks seem to pine for the water that used to lap at their edges. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "Property owners on Guadalupe lakes feel they were left high and day.," 13 Oct. 2019 Written mostly by and for outsiders, their heroes tend to pine for escape. The Economist, "The strictures—and allure—of ultra-Orthodox life," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pine. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for pine

pine

noun
How to pronounce pine (audio)

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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