pining


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pine 1

 (pīn)
n.
1. Any of various evergreen trees of the genus Pinus, having fascicles of needle-shaped leaves and producing woody seed-bearing cones. These trees are widely cultivated for ornament and shade and for their timber and resinous sap, which yields turpentine and pine tar.
2. Any of various other coniferous trees, such as the Norfolk Island pine.
3. The wood of any of these trees.

[Middle English, from Old English pīn, from Latin pīnus; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.]

pine 2

 (pīn)
v. pined, pin·ing, pines
v.intr.
1. To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire.
2. To wither or waste away from longing or grief: pined away and died.
v.tr. Archaic
To grieve or mourn for.
n. Archaic
Intense longing or grief.

[Middle English pinen, from pine, suffering, from Old English pīne, punishment, torment, from Vulgar Latin *pēna, variant of Latin poena, penalty, from Greek poinē; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pining - a feeling of deep longingpining - a feeling of deep longing    
longing, yearning, hungriness - prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
lovesickness - a pining for a loved one
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I had her but a single year, though; a short term of happiness for one who had seen her youth fade in hopeless pining.
Perchance, amid their proper element of smoke, which eddied forth from the ill-constructed chimney, the ghosts of departed cook-maids looked wonderingly on, or peeped down the great breadth of the flue, despising the simplicity of the projected meal, yet ineffectually pining to thrust their shadowy hands into each inchoate dish.
This, indeed, was a home,--home,--a word that George had never yet known a meaning for; and a belief in God, and trust in his providence, began to encircle his heart, as, with a golden cloud of protection and confidence, dark, misanthropic, pining atheistic doubts, and fierce despair, melted away before the light of a living Gospel, breathed in living faces, preached by a thousand unconscious acts of love and good will, which, like the cup of cold water given in the name of a disciple, shall never lose their reward.