Pinecones on a pine tree.
- Pine is defined as the needles, cones or wood of Pinus evergreen trees.
An example of a pine is a frequent choice for Christmas trees.
- Pine is defined as to want something strongly, or to waste away from sadness.
- An example of to pine is to lust after a person.
- An example of to pine is to lay in bed every day for a year after a loved one passes away, losing weight and being depressed.
- any of a genus (Pinus) of evergreen trees of the pine family, with hard, woody cones and bundles of two to five needle-shaped leaves; many pines are valuable for their wood and their resin, from which turpentine, tar, etc. are obtained
- the wood of such a tree
- the odor of pine trees, or a synthetic odor resembling this, often used to scent deodorizers, cleaning solutions, etc.
Origin of pineMiddle English from Old English pin from Classical Latin pinus, pine tree from Indo-European an unverified form pitsnus from base an unverified form pi-, fat from source Classical Latin pix, pitch, Old English fæted, fat
intransitive verbpined, pin′ing
- to waste (away) through grief, pain, longing, etc.
- to have an intense longing or desire; yearn: with for, after, or an infinitive
Origin of pineMiddle English pinen from Old English pinian, to torment from pin, pain from Classical Latin poena: see penal
- Any of various evergreen trees of the genus Pinus, having fascicles of needle-shaped leaves and producing woody seed-bearing cones. These trees are widely cultivated for ornament and shade and for their timber and resinous sap, which yields turpentine and pine tar.
- Any of various other coniferous trees, such as the Norfolk Island pine.
- The wood of any of these trees.
Origin of pineMiddle English from Old English pīn from Latin pīnus ; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.
verbpined, pin·ing, pines
- To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire.
- To wither or waste away from longing or grief: pined away and died.
Origin of pineMiddle English pinen from pine suffering from Old English pīne punishment, torment from Vulgar Latin pēna variant of Latin poena penalty from Greek poinē ; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural pines)
(third-person singular simple present pines, present participle pining, simple past and past participle pined)