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