Adjective "pining" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An evergreen coniferous tree which has clusters of long needle-shaped leaves. Many kinds are grown for the soft timber, which is widely used for furniture and pulp, or for tar and turpentine.
  1. 'This was the most attractive man she'd ever seen in her life, and she just met him under a pine tree seeking shelter from a torrential downpour.'
  2. 'Hollyhock landed in a low branch of a pine tree, and dangled there as she tried to find a way to get down.'
  3. 'In Wang's paper cutting works, one can find the style of traditional Chinese painting, such as the hill in the distance and a pine tree standing beside the a river.'
  4. 'Its araucaria pines, villages dotted with conical-roofed ‘fare’ ceremonial houses and balmy waters are the stuff of postcards.'
  5. 'While we don't find fossils of the Wollemi pine tree and humans together, we do know they live together - because both are alive today.'
  6. 'The money will be used to plant Korean pine, a native species that produces nuts eaten by tiger prey in the forests of the Russian Far East.'
  7. 'Keeping incredibly low, we wiggled our way through the trees, passing just below the drooping branches of a large pine tree.'
  8. 'Holly leaned back on a pine tree, and thought about their problem.'
  9. 'The next morning found Saoirse, sitting under a pine tree with a pile of potatoes and a rough knife in her hand.'
  10. 'For example, when Czech designer Josef Halda created Mineo's crevice garden, he planted several dwarf mugho pines (Pinus mugo mugo).'
  11. 'She nearly choked as the overwhelming scent of pine needles hit her.'
  12. 'The aroma of pine needles hangs in the air, mixed with the sweet smell of gingerbread baking in the oven.'
  13. 'I closed my eyes momentarily, allowing her scent of baking bread and fresh pine needles to carry me to a time and place long departed.'
  14. 'The pair split up, Det Supt Higgins heading into Brandsby wood across the spongy forest floor strewn with pine needles and fallen branches.'
  15. 'The scent of pine cleanser greeted us as we walked in.'
  16. 'But he said the edge of the carriageway was ‘ill-defined’, with pine needles and other debris deposited there.'
  17. 'A cold, crisp scent, mixed with the spice of pine needles, cut the air.'
  18. 'The air smelled of sun-roasted pine needles and wild strawberries.'
  19. 'For the most part this area is decomposed granite laced with leaves and pine needles.'
  20. 'The floor was wet, stained, and pine needles were littered around the spot he had stood on.'
A pineapple.


    Suffer a mental and physical decline, especially because of a broken heart.
    1. 'It bleats like a child at its father's wake, relentlessly pining to crescendo before it collapses, exhausted, in its mother's arms.'
    2. 'They have been a partnership for more than 30 years but Salt the tortoise is pining without her buddy Pepper.'
    3. 'Surely the Phantom suffered through worse all those hours pining after that lovely chorus girl.'
    4. 'Over in Emmerdale,, poor old Alan Turner has been pining over lost love, Shelly.'
    5. 'A woman pining away for her love, lost at sea, for over 30 years.'
    6. 'She made it quite clear that she had no interest in me, and I would spend long periods of time pining over her - and rather enjoying the unrequited sense of melancholy this provided.'
    7. 'I had rejections, a string of unrequited loves that I laid awake at night uselessly pining over, and once I even got caught in a bear trap.'
    8. 'Norquist is apparently pining away for the day when America has the same tax system as economic powerhouses like Russia, the Ukraine, and Iraq.'
    9. 'What Might Have Been is a melancholy sojourn through pining over possibilities.'
    10. 'He was actually worrying and pining in his heart, but he could not say anything.'
    11. 'she's still pining for him'
    12. 'He's feeling crook, pining for his bed, but the game face stays on.'
    13. 'A marmoset monkey was pining for his lost brother last night after thieves snatched him in a daylight heist.'
    14. 'I guess Chris thought it would be good for us sophisticated city folk, as we must pine for swank when we're not around it.'
    15. 'The first semester was okay, but after Christmas I started to pine for home, wishing I was closer, that I could just be there.'
    16. 'Some blacks are pining for the days of white rule.'
    17. 'From the heat and frenzy of my city kitchen, I'm pining for the woods, and will have to snatch some time out to fill a basket or two of wild harvest.'
    18. 'I find myself pining for a return to the energy-conscious administration, when cars were named after little animals like rabbits and colts.'
    19. 'Edie Falco plays Marly, a hard-drinking late-thirtysomething woman, working at her dad's motel and diner, hassled by her good-for-nothing ex-husband and pining for a way out of there.'
    20. 'In deed the whole tribe pined for his return, but alas, he never did.'
    21. 'Every week, he pined for a sellout, selling the virtues of a good crowd like a high-school coach, hoping that filled stands would raise the stakes in the 50-50 raffle.'
    22. 'He vaguely pines for a return to metaphysics, and suggests that moderns have lost God.'
    23. 'My house sits lonely though, pining for my return daily.'
    24. 'A future monarchy cannot rest on an individual pining for the past.'
    25. 'He had never seen signs of an adult sheep pining for another.'
    26. 'His children, who are pining for their father, are being cared for by relatives and told that their father is away working hard to raise case to take them to Disneyland Paris.'
    27. 'Once this happens, our bodies will no longer crave toxins and my pining for chicken popcorn will fade.'
    28. 'Or if I frame it another way, the local footy club, town, and all the boys are pining for him to return, I guess to take up the relationship where it left off.'
    29. 'On one hand, this is pining for gingerbread, architectural ornament.'
    30. 'Some might call it modern art, but I'll be pining for my classic landscape.'
    31. 'Those of us pining for the sensuality of the tropical island often forget that paradise is, at root, a religious notion.'

    More definitions

    1. to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for): to pine for one's home and family.

    2. to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing (often followed by away): Separated by their families, the lovers pined away.

    3. Archaic. to be discontented; fret. verb (used with object), pined, pining.

    4. Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over. noun

    5. Archaic. painful longing.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "spaniels can be pining."


    (pine)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’.