— pinelike , adj.
/puyn/ , n.
1. any evergreen, coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, having long, needle-shaped leaves, certain species of which yield timber, turpentine, tar, pitch, etc. Cf. pine family .
2. any of various similar coniferous trees.
3. the wood of the pine tree.
4. Informal. the pineapple.
[ bef. 1000; ME; OE pin pinus ]
/puyn/ , v. , pined, pining , n.
1. to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often fol. by for ): to pine for one's home and family.
2. to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing (often fol. by away ): Separated by their families, the lovers pined away.
3. Archaic. to be discontented; fret.
4. Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.
5. Archaic. painful longing.
[ bef. 900; ME pinen to torture, torment, inflict pain, be in pain; OE pinian to torture, deriv. of pin torture (ME pine ) pena, L poena punishment. See PAIN ]
Syn. 1. See yearn. 2. dwindle, decline, languish, droop, waste.