- 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.
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- 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.
- 1.3 [as modifier] Having the scent of pine needles: a pine potpourriMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English, from Latin pinus, reinforced in Middle English by Old French pin.
- 1Suffer a mental and physical decline, especially because of a broken heart: she thinks I am pining away from loveMore example sentences
- 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?
- 1.1 (pine for) Miss and long for the return of: I was pining for my boyfriendMore example sentences
- 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.
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'.