Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire.
  • intransitive v. To wither or waste away from longing or grief: pined away and died.
  • transitive v. Archaic To grieve or mourn for.
  • n. Archaic Intense longing or grief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A painful longing.
  • v. To long, to yearn so much that it causes suffering.
  • n. Any coniferous tree of the genus Pinus.
  • n. Any tree (usually coniferous) which resembles a member of this genus in some respect.
  • n. The wood of this tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Woe; torment; pain.
  • transitive v. To inflict pain upon; to torment; to torture; to afflict.
  • transitive v. To grieve or mourn for.
  • intransitive v. To suffer; to be afflicted.
  • intransitive v. To languish; to lose flesh or wear away, under any distress or anexiety of mind; to droop; -- often used with away.
  • intransitive v. To languish with desire; to waste away with longing for something; -- usually followed by for.
  • n. Any tree of the coniferous genus Pinus. See pinus.
  • n. The wood of the pine tree.
  • n. A pineapple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any tree of the genus Pinus.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
Old English pinian ("torment"), from *pine “pain”, possibly from Latin poena ("punishment"), from Ancient Greek ποινή (poinē, "penalty, fine, bloodmoney"). Cognate to pain. (Wiktionary)
From Latin pīnus. (Wiktionary)

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  • The rose upon my balcony the morning air perfuming,
    Was leafless all the winter time and pining for the spring.


    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

    September 11, 2008