Main definitions of pine in English

: pine1pine2

pine1

Pronunciation /pīn/ /paɪn/

noun

  • 1

    (also pine tree)
    An 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

    • ‘Hollyhock landed in a low branch of a pine tree, and dangled there as she tried to find a way to get down.’
    • ‘He apparently struck a pine tree on the edge of a wheat field before crashing into the field at a steep angle, LaRoche said.’
    • ‘Holly leaned back on a pine tree, and thought about their problem.’
    • ‘The next morning found Saoirse, sitting under a pine tree with a pile of potatoes and a rough knife in her hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 used his strength against mine and pulled me successfully through the window and into the tall pine tree beside Josie's window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Together, they took a seat under the dry cover of a pine tree.’
    • ‘The result was very helpful, but I wasted three hours climbing around in a pine tree trying to retrieve the damned parachute.’
    • ‘Keeping incredibly low, we wiggled our way through the trees, passing just below the drooping branches of a large pine tree.’
    • ‘Its araucaria pines, villages dotted with conical-roofed ‘fare’ ceremonial houses and balmy waters are the stuff of postcards.’
    • ‘For example, when Czech designer Josef Halda created Mineo's crevice garden, he planted several dwarf mugho pines (Pinus mugo mugo).’
    • ‘The interior landscape is planted with Korean pines 50 to 65 feet in height.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Used in names of coniferous trees of other families, e.g., Norfolk Island pine.
    2. 1.2Used 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’
      • ‘I pulled my boyfriend away, pressing my face into his beautiful black hair, breathing in the heady scent of pine needles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She nearly choked as the overwhelming scent of pine needles hit her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he said the edge of the carriageway was ‘ill-defined’, with pine needles and other debris deposited there.’
      • ‘The pair split up, Det Supt Higgins heading into Brandsby wood across the spongy forest floor strewn with pine needles and fallen branches.’
      • ‘Inside the dark, pillared wood, precious little light seeps, there's only the noise of wood and the crunch of pine needles underfoot.’
      • ‘The aroma of pine needles hangs in the air, mixed with the sweet smell of gingerbread baking in the oven.’
      • ‘The scent of pine cleanser greeted us as we walked in.’
      • ‘This energetic, sensual and woody fragrance contains a dash of tangerine and pine scents.’
      • ‘In the bathhouse, there are several different types of tubs, such as the bamboo leaf tub, bamboo extract tub and pine needle tub.’
      • ‘The air smelled of sun-roasted pine needles and wild strawberries.’
      • ‘She could hear the dry leaves and pine needles crushing beneath the stallion's hooves.’
      • ‘The floor was wet, stained, and pine needles were littered around the spot he had stood on.’
      • ‘By contrast to needles, pine roots contained relatively low concentrations of soluble antioxidants.’
      • ‘For the most part this area is decomposed granite laced with leaves and pine needles.’
  • 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 English

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pine2

Pronunciation /pīn/ /paɪn/

intransitive verb

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

    ‘she thinks I am pining away from love’
    • ‘He was actually worrying and pining in his heart, but he could not say anything.’
    • ‘Surely the Phantom suffered through worse all those hours pining after that lovely chorus girl.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Over in Emmerdale,, poor old Alan Turner has been pining over lost love, Shelly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A woman pining away for her love, lost at sea, for over 30 years.’
    • ‘What Might Have Been is a melancholy sojourn through pining over possibilities.’
    • ‘His friends would say stop pining, there's others girls to look at.’
    • ‘They have been a partnership for more than 30 years but Salt the tortoise is pining without her buddy Pepper.’
    • ‘Combined Schools would perhaps spend that day pining over a match they seemed to have had in the basket!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Norquist is apparently pining away for the day when America has the same tax system as economic powerhouses like Russia, the Ukraine, and Iraq.’
    • ‘It bleats like a child at its father's wake, relentlessly pining to crescendo before it collapses, exhausted, in its mother's arms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jason has been pining after this girl since high school!’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was still pining over Tom, but felt that she had to carry on.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 forMiss and long for the return of.
      ‘I was pining for my boyfriend’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I find myself pining for a return to the energy-conscious administration, when cars were named after little animals like rabbits and colts.’
      • ‘He vaguely pines for a return to metaphysics, and suggests that moderns have lost God.’
      • ‘They are people like Mrs Grant who pine for the return of a faded empire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My house sits lonely though, pining for my return daily.’
      • ‘In deed the whole tribe pined for his return, but alas, he never did.’
      • ‘The lone striker must be pining for a return to French football where he has always been so prolific.’
      • ‘Surely Beth will feel something missing, will pine for what is no longer there.’
      • ‘This, of course, will do nothing to cheer Ms. Saxton, still pining for the days when ‘being bad’ made a ‘statement.’’
      • ‘The only groups still pining for the ancien régime are the teachers' unions, People For the American Way, and the American Civil Liberties Union.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On one hand, this is pining for gingerbread, architectural ornament.’
      • ‘How one pines for a plain-spoken tell-it-like-it-is fellow like, say, the former U.N. Secretary-General.’
      • ‘Hester pines for her son, who was arrested on trumped-up charges and taken from her when he was a boy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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/