Word of the Day: Pine

pine / pīn

noun

1. any coniferous tree belonging to the genus Pinus, having long needle-like leaves

The pine stays green in winter…wisdom in hardship.

Norman Douglas, 1868-1952

 

2. the wood of a tree in the genus Pinus

The greatest thing my father left me was a love for cutting wood – my love for sawing, especially pine wood.

David Lynch, 1946-

 

verb

1. to yearn or long deeply, usually followed by for

We look before and after,

And pine for what is not;

Our sincerest laughter

With some pain is fraught;

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822

 

2. to decline in health or vitality from grief or longing

How often when I have been abroad on the mountains has my heart risen in grateful praise to God that it was not my destiny to waste and pine among those noisome congregations of the city.

John James Audubon, 1785-1851