Pine meaning

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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.

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Any of various other coniferous trees, such as the Norfolk Island pine.
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The wood of any of these trees.
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To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire.
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To wither or waste away from longing or grief.

Pined away and died.

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To grieve or mourn for.
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Intense longing or grief.
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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.
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The wood of such a tree.
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The odor of pine trees, or a synthetic odor resembling this, often used to scent deodorizers, cleaning solutions, etc.
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Designating a family (Pinaceae) of conifers having needlelike leaves and, usually, woody cones and valuable wood, including the larches, spruces, firs, and hemlocks.
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To waste (away) through grief, pain, longing, etc.
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To have an intense longing or desire; yearn.
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To mourn for.
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(countable, uncountable) Any coniferous tree of the genus Pinus.

The northern slopes were covered mainly in pine.

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(countable) Any tree (usually coniferous) which resembles a member of this genus in some respect.
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(uncountable) The wood of this tree.
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(archaic) A painful longing.
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To languish; to lose flesh or wear away through distress; to droop.
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(intransitive) To long, to yearn so much that it causes suffering.

Laura was pining for Bill all the time he was gone.

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To grieve or mourn for.

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To inflict pain upon; to torment; to torture; to afflict.
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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.

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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.
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Origin of pine

  • Middle English pinen from pine suffering from Old English pīne punishment, torment from Vulgar Latin pēna variant of Latin poena penalty from Greek poinē kwei-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old English pīn from Latin pīnus peiə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English pinian (“torment"), from *pine “pain", possibly from Latin poena (“punishment"), from Ancient Greek ποινή (poinÄ“, “penalty, fine, bloodmoney"). Cognate to pain.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin pÄ«nus, from Proto-Indo-European *poi- (“sap, juice"). Cognate with Sanskrit पितु (“sap, juice, resin")
    From Wiktionary
  • Entered Germanic with Christianity; cognate to Middle Dutch pinen, Old High German pinon, Old Norse pina.
    From Wiktionary