American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Any of various other coniferous trees, such as the Norfolk Island pine.
- n. The wood of any of these trees.
- v. To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire.
- v. To wither or waste away from longing or grief: pined away and died.
- v. Archaic To grieve or mourn for.
- n. Archaic Intense longing or grief.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any tree of the genus Pinus. The pines are evergreens ranging in size from that of a low bush up to a height of 300 feet. Some of them are of the highest economic importance from the timber obtained from them, which, though not of the finest cabinet quality, is very extensively used in all kinds of construction. In this regard the most important species are —in Europe, the Scotch pine; in North America, the (Canadian) red pine, the common white pine, the long-leafed pine, the yellow pine of the east, and that of the west; in India, the Bhutan, chir, and Khasian pines; and in Japan, the matsu (Japanese pine). (See below.) The resinous products of some are of great value (see
pitch, tar, turpentine, resin, abietene, australene; also Aleppo pine, cluster-pine, Corsican pine, long-leafed pine, Mugho pine, and stone-pine —all below, and chir); and some species are useful for their edible seeds (see nut-pine). See also fir-wool, and pine-needle wool (under pine-needle).
- n. One of various other coniferous trees, as the Moreton Bay pine and the Oregon pine (see below); also, one of a few small plants suggesting the pine. See ground-pine.
- n. The wood of any pine-tree.
- n. The pineapple.
- n. Same as Austrian pine.
- n. Same as bull-pine .
- n. Same as miro.
- n. Same as digger-pine.
- n. Same as yellow pine .
- n. Same as yellow pine .
- n. See white pine .
- n. In England, the long-leafed pine, or its imported wood.
- n. See celery-pine.
- n. See Chimaphila.
- n. See Dacrydium.
- n. The Swiss stone-pine, or arolla, Pinus Cembra, a middle-sized tree with fragrant and resinous, very fine-grained soft wood, much used for carving and cabinet-work. The seeds are edible, and abound in oil. It yields a turpentine called Carpathian balsam.
- n. The Siberian stone-pine, Pinus Cembra, var.
- n. Pinus monticola, a large species of the western United States, not very common, but in Idaho an important timber-tree.
- n. The cedar-pine.
- n. The Rocky Mountain species Pinus reflexa, of Arizona, and P. flexilis, which serves for lumber in Nevada, where better is wanting.
- n. Same as kahikatea.
- n. The long-leafed pine.
- n. An important species, Pinus ponderosa, found in the Black Hills, and from British Columbia, through the Pacific region, to Texas and Mexico: within its range the most valuable timber-tree after the Oregon pine. It sometimes approaches 300 feet in height, but is commonly much lower, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Its heavy, hard, and strong, but not durable, timber furnishes lumber, railway-ties, etc. Also called bull-pine, silver-pine.
- n. Pinus Arizonica, a species of minor importance in the mountains of Arizona.
- n. A commercial name of the common white pine. (See also ground-pine, heavy-pine, hoop-pine, huon-pine, kauri-pine, knee-pine, loblolly-pine, and slash-pine.)
- n. Pain; torment; anguish; misery; suffering; wretchedness.
- To pain; afflict; torture; starve; wear out or consume, as with sickness, pain, or grief.
- To grieve for; bemoan; bewail.
- To be consumed with grief or longing; grow thin or waste away with pain, sorrow, or longing; languish: often with away: as, she pined away and died.
- To long; languish with longing desire: usually with for before the object of desire.
- To shrink or “render,” as fish in the process of curing. Synonyms To droop, flag, wither.
- n. The black-headed gull, Chroïcocephalus ridibundus. Also pinemaw.
- n. Same as foxtail-pine (which see, under pine).
- n. See black pine .
- n. Same as stone-pine in any of the senses.
- n. Same as table-mountain pine (which see, under pine).
- n. In New South Wales, a variety of Callitris robusta. See black pine .
- n. A low tree, Pinus contorta, ranging along the Pacific coast from Alaska to northern California and to some extent inland. It has either a compact round head or an open picturesque one which has given rise to the name twisted pine. It seems to grade into the lodge-pole pine. The saccharine cambium is eaten by the Indians. Also coast scrub-pine.
- n. Same as slash-pine. Also she pitch-pine.
- n. Same as slash-pine.
- n. The loblolly-pine.
- n. In the Bahamas, a species of air-plant, Tillandsia Balbisiana. Compare wild pine , under wild.
- n. archaic A painful longing.
- v. intransitive To long, to yearn so much that it causes suffering.
- n. countable, uncountable Any coniferous tree of the genus Pinus.
- n. countable Any tree (usually coniferous) which resembles a member of this genus in some respect.
- n. uncountable The wood of this tree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Woe; torment; pain.
- v. obsolete To inflict pain upon; to torment; to torture; to afflict.
- v. rare To grieve or mourn for.
- v. obsolete To suffer; to be afflicted.
- v. To languish; to lose flesh or wear away, under any distress or anexiety of mind; to droop; -- often used with
- v. To languish with desire; to waste away with longing for something; -- usually followed by
- n. (Bot.) Any tree of the coniferous genus Pinus. See pinus.
- n. The wood of the pine tree.
- n. A pineapple.
- n. straight-grained durable and often resinous white to yellowish timber of any of numerous trees of the genus Pinus
- n. a coniferous tree
- v. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
- From Latin pīnus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English pīn- (as in pīntrēow, pine tree), from Latin pīnus; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.Middle English pinen, from Old English pīnian, to cause to suffer, from *pīne, pain, from Vulgar Latin *pēna, penalty, variant of Latin poena, from Greek poinē; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Comparisons: The Scotch pine is apt to be confused with the _Austrian pine_ (_Pinus austriaca_), because they both have two needles to each cluster.”
“To the north of the Neuse river loams and loose loams are the more frequent upland soils and the growth is loblolly pine (North Carolina pine*”
“The entire place is swathed in pine walls, floors and counters.”
“The researchers used satellite imagery to map lodgepole stands attacked by mountain pine beetles, hiked into the areas to confirm the beetle damage and measured fuel loads.”
“But the interior, wrapped in windows and handsome in honey-colored heart pine, is designed to pull the outdoors in.”
“Nestled high in pine forests at the foot of a sacred volcano in the western state of Michoacan, the municipality of 26,000 promotes itself as "the world avocado capital.”
“Not only do they do this type businesss many have been caught taking bodies out of coffins and puting them in pine boxes then reselling the coffins.”
“It's part of a drastic response to an onslaught of mountain pine beetles now threatening the park.”
“Those who are ‘leaving’ the city are largely doing so in pine boxes.”
“Those overglazed trees (rendered in doucai, the “interlocking colors” of sage green, eggplant, and brown) are the suihan sanyou, the “Three Friends of Winter,” in other words a pine, some stems of bamboo, and branches of prunus picked out so exactly in flecks of red enamel — the auspicious plum, the first blossoms to arrive after the Chinese new year.”
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