[ pahyn ]
/ paɪn /
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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.



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Origin of pine

before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīn<Latin pīnus
pinelike, adjective

Definition for pine (2 of 2)

[ pahyn ]
/ paɪn /

verb (used without object), pined, pin·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), pined, pin·ing.

Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.


Archaic. painful longing.

Origin of pine

First recorded before 900; Middle English pinen “to torture, torment, inflict pain, be in pain”; Old English pīnian “to torture,” derivative of pīn “torture” (Middle English pine ), from Late Latin pēna, Latin poena “punishment.” See pain
1. See yearn.
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British Dictionary definitions for pine (1 of 3)

/ (paɪn) /


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
Old English pīn, from Latin pīnus pine

British Dictionary definitions for pine (2 of 3)

/ (paɪn) /


(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
Old English pīnian to torture, from pīn pain, from Medieval Latin pēna, from Latin poena pain

British Dictionary definitions for pine (3 of 3)

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