Meaning of PINE in English

I. ˈpīn noun

Usage: often attributive

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

Date: before 12th century

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

• pin·ey also piny ˈpī-nē adjective

II. intransitive verb

( pined ; pin·ing )

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

Date: 14th century

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

Synonyms: see long

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