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.

Definitions of pine
  1. noun
    a coniferous tree
    synonyms: pine tree, true pine
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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
  2. noun
    straight-grained durable and often resinous white to yellowish timber of any of numerous trees of the genus Pinus
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    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:
    the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
  3. verb
    have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    synonyms: ache, languish, yearn, yen
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    languish as with love or desire
    type of:
    hanker, long, yearn
    desire strongly or persistently
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