- Isle of, former name of Youth, Isle of.
- any evergreen, coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, having long, needle-shaped leaves, certain species of which yield timber, turpentine, tar, pitch, etc.Compare pine family.
- any of various similar coniferous trees.
- the wood of the pine tree.
- Informal. the pineapple.
Origin of pine1
- to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for): to pine for one's home and family.
- to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing (often followed by away): Separated by their families, the lovers pined away.
- Archaic. to be discontented; fret.
- Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.
- Archaic. painful longing.
Origin of pine2
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Examples from the Web for pines
Heightening his angst, Warren pines for precocious Jessica (Gevinson).Michael Cera Brings ‘This Is Our Youth’ to Broadway After 18 Years
September 12, 2014
Very impressed with Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond the Pines.Morgan Freeman on God, Satan, and How the Human Race Has ‘Become A Parasite’
January 28, 2014
The heartbroken masses got two last films from Gosling in 2013, both exceptional: Place Beyond the Pines and Only God Forgives.The Biggest Surprises and Disappointments in 2013
December 24, 2013
There are the olive trees and the pines that always keep their leaves.Cézanne’s Letter to Pissarro: Picture Business Isn’t Going Well
October 13, 2013
Secretly, however, Marie pines for Emil Bergson, a dreamer and intellect who seems ill-suited to life on a farm.American Dreams: ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather
February 27, 2013
As a rule he waited on the top of the hill in the clump of pines.Way of the Lawless
You can see the bare places under the pines where they have their dancing-places.The Trail Book
At length he cocked his ears and galloped off into the pines, as another Blackbear appeared.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Compared with the telegraph post the pines were crooked—and alive.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
That evening I asked Mr. Wetherell: "Has there ever been a field beyond the pines?"
- Isle of Pines the former name of the (Isle of) Youth
- any evergreen resinous coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, of the N hemisphere, with long needle-shaped leaves and brown cones: family PinaceaeSee also longleaf pine, nut pine, pitch pine, Scots pine
- any other tree or shrub of the family Pinaceae
- the wood of any of these trees
- any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as ground pine and screw pine
- (intr; often foll by for or an infinitive) to feel great longing or desire; yearn
- (intr often foll by away) to become ill, feeble, or thin through worry, longing, etc
- (tr) archaic to mourn or grieve for
- Courtney. born 1964, British jazz saxophonist and clarinettist
Word Origin and History for pines
"coniferous tree," Old English pin (in compounds), from Old French pin and directly from Latin pinus "pine, pine-tree, fir-tree," perhaps in reference to the sap or pitch, from PIE *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see fat (adj.)). Cf. Sanskrit pituh "juice, sap, resin," pitudaruh "pine tree," Greek pitys "pine tree." Also cf. pitch (n.1). Pine-top "cheap illicit whiskey," first recorded 1858, Southern U.S. slang. Pine-needle (n.) attested from 1866.
Old English pinian "to torture, torment, afflict, cause to suffer," from *pine "pain, torture, punishment," possibly ultimately from Latin poena "punishment, penalty," from Greek poine (see penal). A Latin word borrowed into Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch pinen, Old High German pinon, German Pein, Old Norse pina) with Christianity. Intransitive sense of "to languish, waste away," the main modern meaning, is first recorded early 14c. Related: Pined; pining.