Main definitions of pine in US English:

: pine1pine2

pine1

noun

  • 1An evergreen coniferous tree that has clusters of long needle-shaped leaves. Many kinds are grown for their soft timber, which is widely used for furniture and pulp, or for tar and turpentine.

    Genus Pinus, family Pinaceae: many species, including North America's eastern white pine and western ponderosa pine

    • ‘He strung it up by its ankles from the branch of a pine tree, placed a five gallon pickle bucket under its snout, and deftly sliced open its jugular veins.’
    • ‘While we don't find fossils of the Wollemi pine tree and humans together, we do know they live together - because both are alive today.’
    • ‘This was the most attractive man she'd ever seen in her life, and she just met him under a pine tree seeking shelter from a torrential downpour.’
    • ‘He apparently struck a pine tree on the edge of a wheat field before crashing into the field at a steep angle, LaRoche said.’
    • ‘The money will be used to plant Korean pine, a native species that produces nuts eaten by tiger prey in the forests of the Russian Far East.’
    • ‘I even discovered a large pine tree from a neighborhood behind the car shop; it seemed like the new place where all the birds had gone.’
    • ‘He used his strength against mine and pulled me successfully through the window and into the tall pine tree beside Josie's window.’
    • ‘Its araucaria pines, villages dotted with conical-roofed ‘fare’ ceremonial houses and balmy waters are the stuff of postcards.’
    • ‘In Wang's paper cutting works, one can find the style of traditional Chinese painting, such as the hill in the distance and a pine tree standing beside the a river.’
    • ‘Holly leaned back on a pine tree, and thought about their problem.’
    • ‘Keeping incredibly low, we wiggled our way through the trees, passing just below the drooping branches of a large pine tree.’
    • ‘Together, they took a seat under the dry cover of a pine tree.’
    • ‘Jade put her hand over her eyes to shield them from the sun and saw, true to Lanyon's word, that there was a large castle sitting on a hill past a large pine tree.’
    • ‘The next morning found Saoirse, sitting under a pine tree with a pile of potatoes and a rough knife in her hand.’
    • ‘Unlike the pine tree, which stood erect and broke before the storm, the willow yielded to the weight of snow on its branches, but did not break under it.’
    • ‘Hollyhock landed in a low branch of a pine tree, and dangled there as she tried to find a way to get down.’
    • ‘The interior landscape is planted with Korean pines 50 to 65 feet in height.’
    • ‘Viewing the figure of a tall pine tree standing at the peak of Huangshan Mountain near the scenic spot of Meng Bi Sheng Hua, who would suspect that it was plastic?’
    • ‘The result was very helpful, but I wasted three hours climbing around in a pine tree trying to retrieve the damned parachute.’
    • ‘For example, when Czech designer Josef Halda created Mineo's crevice garden, he planted several dwarf mugho pines (Pinus mugo mugo).’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of coniferous trees of other families, e.g., Norfolk Island pine.
    2. 1.2 Used in names of unrelated plants that resemble the pines in some way, e.g., ground pine.
    3. 1.3as modifier Having the scent of pine needles.
      ‘a pine potpourri’
      • ‘But he said the edge of the carriageway was ‘ill-defined’, with pine needles and other debris deposited there.’
      • ‘With Christmas on its way, the scent of pine needles from garlands and evergreen trees, as well as the spices and gingerbread of the bakeries, filled Jude's nostrils.’
      • ‘By contrast to needles, pine roots contained relatively low concentrations of soluble antioxidants.’
      • ‘In the bathhouse, there are several different types of tubs, such as the bamboo leaf tub, bamboo extract tub and pine needle tub.’
      • ‘She could hear the dry leaves and pine needles crushing beneath the stallion's hooves.’
      • ‘The aroma of pine needles hangs in the air, mixed with the sweet smell of gingerbread baking in the oven.’
      • ‘For the most part this area is decomposed granite laced with leaves and pine needles.’
      • ‘She nearly choked as the overwhelming scent of pine needles hit her.’
      • ‘Sit in the sun with a loaf of fresh bread, a hunk of cheese and some German sausage and soak up the medieval atmosphere and scent of flowers and pine resin.’
      • ‘The scent of pine cleanser greeted us as we walked in.’
      • ‘The floor was wet, stained, and pine needles were littered around the spot he had stood on.’
      • ‘Inside the dark, pillared wood, precious little light seeps, there's only the noise of wood and the crunch of pine needles underfoot.’
      • ‘Not only will it remove the stain - it's going to have a great fresh, pine scent too!’
      • ‘I closed my eyes momentarily, allowing her scent of baking bread and fresh pine needles to carry me to a time and place long departed.’
      • ‘A cold, crisp scent, mixed with the spice of pine needles, cut the air.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was a faint scent of pine needles that hung in the air, perhaps it was the clarity with which she viewed the scenes played out before her.’
      • ‘This energetic, sensual and woody fragrance contains a dash of tangerine and pine scents.’
      • ‘The pair split up, Det Supt Higgins heading into Brandsby wood across the spongy forest floor strewn with pine needles and fallen branches.’
      • ‘I pulled my boyfriend away, pressing my face into his beautiful black hair, breathing in the heady scent of pine needles.’
      • ‘The air smelled of sun-roasted pine needles and wild strawberries.’
  • 2West Indian informal A pineapple.

Origin

Old English, from Latin pinus, reinforced in Middle English by Old French pin.

Pronunciation

pine

/pīn//paɪn/

Main definitions of pine in US English:

: pine1pine2

pine2

verb

[no object]
  • 1Suffer a mental and physical decline, especially because of a broken heart.

    ‘she thinks I am pining away from love’
    • ‘Norquist is apparently pining away for the day when America has the same tax system as economic powerhouses like Russia, the Ukraine, and Iraq.’
    • ‘Think of the beauty of this: I get home after a long day at work, open my mailbox and find the new release I've been pining to watch!’
    • ‘She made it quite clear that she had no interest in me, and I would spend long periods of time pining over her - and rather enjoying the unrequited sense of melancholy this provided.’
    • ‘What Might Have Been is a melancholy sojourn through pining over possibilities.’
    • ‘All the time he was talking, I was staring at the equipment laid out in front of us and inwardly pining to be set free on it all afternoon.’
    • ‘It bleats like a child at its father's wake, relentlessly pining to crescendo before it collapses, exhausted, in its mother's arms.’
    • ‘Jason has been pining after this girl since high school!’
    • ‘They have been a partnership for more than 30 years but Salt the tortoise is pining without her buddy Pepper.’
    • ‘Now that I was out and about, I was feeling a little stronger and wasn't about to spend the rest of the night pining after some guy.’
    • ‘He was actually worrying and pining in his heart, but he could not say anything.’
    • ‘His friends would say stop pining, there's others girls to look at.’
    • ‘Not just in a figure of speech kind of way, but genuinely in love - jittery in its presence, pining during its absence, utterly fulfilled and completed during the time you spend with it?’
    • ‘Best friend or not, he had let his chance with Krystal pass time and time again, pining away for Jess, a woman he could not have.’
    • ‘Surely the Phantom suffered through worse all those hours pining after that lovely chorus girl.’
    • ‘I had rejections, a string of unrequited loves that I laid awake at night uselessly pining over, and once I even got caught in a bear trap.’
    • ‘A woman pining away for her love, lost at sea, for over 30 years.’
    • ‘The two were lovers who slept in the same bed, until one of them died and the other pined away to join him in death.’
    • ‘Over in Emmerdale,, poor old Alan Turner has been pining over lost love, Shelly.’
    • ‘She was still pining over Tom, but felt that she had to carry on.’
    • ‘Combined Schools would perhaps spend that day pining over a match they seemed to have had in the basket!’
    languish, decline, go into a decline, lose strength, weaken, waste away, dwindle, wilt, wither, fade, flag, sicken, droop, brood, mope, moon
    yearn, long, ache, sigh, hunger, thirst, itch, languish, carry a torch
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    1. 1.1pine for Miss and long for the return of.
      ‘I was pining for my boyfriend’
      • ‘This, of course, will do nothing to cheer Ms. Saxton, still pining for the days when ‘being bad’ made a ‘statement.’’
      • ‘The lone striker must be pining for a return to French football where he has always been so prolific.’
      • ‘How one pines for a plain-spoken tell-it-like-it-is fellow like, say, the former U.N. Secretary-General.’
      • ‘They are people like Mrs Grant who pine for the return of a faded empire.’
      • ‘In deed the whole tribe pined for his return, but alas, he never did.’
      • ‘He's feeling crook, pining for his bed, but the game face stays on.’
      • ‘Anyway, to stop me pining for my family, Reginald suggested we join a group protesting against a proposed massive wind-turbine development.’
      • ‘His children, who are pining for their father, are being cared for by relatives and told that their father is away working hard to raise case to take them to Disneyland Paris.’
      • ‘He had never seen signs of an adult sheep pining for another.’
      • ‘No one spending long hours at work, pining for their baby is happy, but neither is a mother bored and depressed at home who longs to get back to her job.’
      • ‘But for American Scots pining for a taste of the old country, there's nothing like a haggis from Scotland and that's where the smugglers come in.’
      • ‘Or if I frame it another way, the local footy club, town, and all the boys are pining for him to return, I guess to take up the relationship where it left off.’
      • ‘She is being helped by Stacey, an American of indeterminate function, who is pining for Starbucks.’
      • ‘The only groups still pining for the ancien régime are the teachers' unions, People For the American Way, and the American Civil Liberties Union.’
      • ‘The first semester was okay, but after Christmas I started to pine for home, wishing I was closer, that I could just be there.’
      • ‘I'd been pining for an early night since Tuesday.’
      • ‘A future monarchy cannot rest on an individual pining for the past.’
      • ‘My house sits lonely though, pining for my return daily.’
      • ‘Some blacks are pining for the days of white rule.’
      • ‘Anything to keep oneself entertained on those long, lonely evenings when pining for unavailable men.’
      • ‘A tragic metaphor for unrequited homosexual desire, she pines for him, but, dismayed at his ‘arrogance,’ refuses to admit it.’
      • ‘A marmoset monkey was pining for his lost brother last night after thieves snatched him in a daylight heist.’
      • ‘Every week, he pined for a sellout, selling the virtues of a good crowd like a high-school coach, hoping that filled stands would raise the stakes in the 50-50 raffle.’
      • ‘Surely Beth will feel something missing, will pine for what is no longer there.’
      • ‘King went on to say something that conservatives who bandy about his pining for a society in which race doesn't matter are loath to repeat.’
      • ‘Once this happens, our bodies will no longer crave toxins and my pining for chicken popcorn will fade.’
      • ‘I guess Chris thought it would be good for us sophisticated city folk, as we must pine for swank when we're not around it.’
      • ‘From the heat and frenzy of my city kitchen, I'm pining for the woods, and will have to snatch some time out to fill a basket or two of wild harvest.’
      • ‘Some might call it modern art, but I'll be pining for my classic landscape.’
      • ‘Edie Falco plays Marly, a hard-drinking late-thirtysomething woman, working at her dad's motel and diner, hassled by her good-for-nothing ex-husband and pining for a way out of there.’
      • ‘Those of us pining for the sensuality of the tropical island often forget that paradise is, at root, a religious notion.’
      • ‘I find myself pining for a return to the energy-conscious administration, when cars were named after little animals like rabbits and colts.’
      • ‘Sue's children, twins Kimberley and Jamie, ten years, and 15-year-old Thomas were pining for the brindle and white pet to be returned.’
      • ‘I was pining for New York, pining for my friends and, worst of all, pining for Bobby who, while annoying and clingy, at least had all his own teeth and listened to good music.’
      • ‘Hester pines for her son, who was arrested on trumped-up charges and taken from her when he was a boy.’
      • ‘While Cuban exile leaders pine for a return to their ancestral home, many people of African descent in Cuba say they will never let that happen.’
      • ‘He vaguely pines for a return to metaphysics, and suggests that moderns have lost God.’
      • ‘There are plenty of little people scattered about the corners of Ruisdael's vistas, but they are never Diana chasing Actaeon, or Echo pining for Narcissus, as they usually are in 17th-century landscapes.’
      • ‘On one hand, this is pining for gingerbread, architectural ornament.’
      • ‘He also wryly acknowledges that he risks sounding like a grumpy old man pining for an overly-romanticised past.’

Origin

Old English pīnian ‘(cause to) suffer’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pijnen, German peinen ‘experience pain’, also to obsolete pine ‘punishment’; ultimately based on Latin poena ‘punishment’.

Pronunciation

pine

/pīn//paɪn/