pine

If you pine for someone, you desperately want to see them, be with them, or perhaps smother them with kisses. If you're texting your ex-boyfriend over 50 times a day, there's a pretty good chance that you still pine for him.

In Old English, pine meant "to torture or cause to experience pain," which seems quite fitting if you've known what it's like to pine for something or someone. The verb pine should not be confused with the noun pine, as in the evergreen tree. If you are from the Northeast and find yourself living in the Caribbean, you may pine for the sight of a pine tree, but the lovely weather should ease the pain.

Primary Meanings of pine

1.
n
a coniferous tree
2.
v
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
Full Definitions of pine
1

n a coniferous tree

Synonyms:
pine tree, true pine
Types:
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pinon, pinyon
any of several low-growing pines of western North America
Pinus glabra, spruce pine
large two-needled pine of southeastern United States with light soft wood
Pinus nigra, black pine
large two-needled timber pine of southeastern Europe
Pinus rigida, northern pitch pine, pitch pine
large three-needled pine of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada; closely related to the pond pine
Pinus serotina, pond pine
large three-needled pine of sandy swamps of southeastern United States; needles longer than those of the northern pitch pine
European nut pine, Pinus pinea, stone pine, umbrella pine
medium-sized two-needled pine of southern Europe having a spreading crown; widely cultivated for its sweet seeds that resemble almonds
Pinus cembra, Swiss pine, Swiss stone pine, arolla pine, cembra nut tree
large five-needled European pine; yields cembra nuts and a resinous exudate
Pinus mugo, Swiss mountain pine, dwarf mountain pine, mountain pine, mugho pine, mugo pine
low shrubby pine of central Europe with short bright green needles in bunches of two
Pinus longaeva, ancient pine
small slow-growing pine of western United States similar to the bristlecone pine; chocolate brown bark in plates and short needles in bunches of 5; crown conic but becoming rough and twisted; oldest plant in the world growing to 5000 years in cold semidesert mountain tops
white pine
any of several five-needled pines with white wood and smooth usually light grey bark when young; especially the eastern white pine
yellow pine
any of various pines having yellow wood
Jeffrey pine, Jeffrey's pine, Pinus jeffreyi, black pine
tall symmetrical pine of western North America having long blue-green needles in bunches of 3 and elongated cones on spreading somewhat pendulous branches; sometimes classified as a variety of ponderosa pine
Pinus contorta, lodgepole, lodgepole pine, shore pine, spruce pine
shrubby two-needled pine of coastal northwestern United States; red to yellow-brown bark fissured into small squares
Pinus contorta murrayana, Sierra lodgepole pine
tall subspecies of lodgepole pine
Pinus taeda, frankincense pine, loblolly pine
tall spreading three-needled pine of southeastern United States having reddish-brown fissured bark and a full bushy upper head
Pinus banksiana, jack pine
slender medium-sized two-needled pine of eastern North America; with yellow-green needles and scaly grey to red-brown fissured bark
swamp pine
any of several pines that prefer or endure moist situations such as loblolly pine or longleaf pine
Canadian red pine, Pinus resinosa, red pine
pine of eastern North America having long needles in bunches of two and reddish bark
Pinus sylvestris, Scotch fir, Scotch pine, Scots pine
medium large two-needled pine of northern Europe and Asia having flaking red-brown bark
Jersey pine, Pinus virginiana, Virginia pine, scrub pine
common small shrubby pine of the eastern United States having straggling often twisted or branches and short needles in bunches of 2
Monterey pine, Pinus radiata
tall California pine with long needles in bunches of 3, a dense crown, and dark brown deeply fissured bark
Pinus aristata, Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine, bristlecone pine
small slow-growing upland pine of western United States (Rocky Mountains) having dense branches with fissured rust-brown bark and short needles in bunches of 5 and thorn-tipped cone scales; among the oldest living things some over 4500 years old
Pinus pungens, hickory pine, prickly pine, table-mountain pine
a small two-needled upland pine of the eastern United States (Appalachians) having dark brown flaking bark and thorn-tipped cone scales
Pinus attenuata, knobcone pine
medium-sized three-needled pine of the Pacific coast of the United States having a prominent knob on each scale of the cone
Japanese red pine, Japanese table pine, Pinus densiflora
pine native to Japan and Korea having a wide-spreading irregular crown when mature; grown as an ornamental
Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii, black pine
large Japanese ornamental having long needles in bunches of 2; widely planted in United States because of its resistance to salt and smog
Pinus torreyana, Torrey pine, Torrey's pine, grey-leaf pine, sabine pine, soledad pine
medium-sized five-needled pine of southwestern California having long cylindrical cones
nut pine
any of several pinons bearing edible nutlike seeds
Pinus muricata, bishop pine, bishop's pine
two-needled or three-needled pinon mostly of northwestern California coast
California single-leaf pinyon, Pinus californiarum
very small tree similar to Rocky mountain pinon but having a single needle per fascicle; similar to Parry's pinyon in range
Parry's pinyon, Pinus parryana, Pinus quadrifolia
five-needled pinon of southern California and northern Baja California having (sometimes three-needled or four-needled showing hybridization from Pinus californiarum)
American white pine, Pinus strobus, eastern white pine, weymouth pine
tall-growing pine of eastern North America; bark is brown with longitudinal fissures when mature; valued as a timber tree
Pinus monticola, mountain pine, silver pine, western white pine
tall pine of western North America with stout blue-green needles; bark is grey-brown with rectangular plates when mature
Pinus strobiformis, southwestern white pine
medium-size pine of northwestern Mexico; bark is dark brown and furrowed when mature
Pinus flexilis, limber pine
western North American pine with long needles and very flexible limbs and dark-grey furrowed bark
Pinus albicaulis, whitebark pine, whitebarked pine
small pine of western North America; having smooth grey-white bark and soft brittle wood; similar to limber pine
Pinus ponderosa, bull pine, ponderosa, ponderosa pine, western yellow pine
common and widely distributed tall timber pine of western North America having dark green needles in bunches of 2 to 5 and thick bark with dark brown plates when mature
Georgia pine, Pinus palustris, longleaf pine, pitch pine, southern yellow pine
large three-needled pine of southeastern United States having very long needles and gnarled twisted limbs; bark is red-brown deeply ridged; an important timber tree
Pinus echinata, short-leaf pine, shortleaf pine, shortleaf yellow pine
large pine of southern United States having short needles in bunches of 2-3 and red-brown bark when mature
Type of:
conifer, coniferous tree
any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones

n straight-grained durable and often resinous white to yellowish timber of any of numerous trees of the genus Pinus

Types:
knotty pine
pine lumber with many knots; used especially for paneling and furniture
white pine
soft white wood of white pine trees
yellow pine
hard yellowish wood of a yellow pine
Type of:
wood
the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2

v have a desire for something or someone who is not present

“I am pining for my lover”
Synonyms:
ache, languish, yearn, yen
Types:
die
languish as with love or desire
Type of:
hanker, long, yearn
desire strongly or persistently

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