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Pine \Pine\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pined; p. pr. & vb. n. Pining.] [AS. p[=i]nan to torment, fr. p[=i]n torment. See 1st Pine, Pain, n. & v.]

  1. To inflict pain upon; to torment; to torture; to afflict. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer. Shak.

    That people that pyned him to death.
    --Piers Plowman.

    One is pined in prison, another tortured on the rack.
    --Bp. Hall.

  2. To grieve or mourn for. [R.]


vb. (en-past of: pine)

Usage examples of "pined".

He loathed all faith beside his own, and pined To wreak his fear of Heaven in vengeance on mankind.

Strangers have wept to hear his passionate notes, And virgins, as unknown he passed, have pined And wasted for fond love of his wild eyes.

Since she can mimic not his lips, more dear Than those for whose disdain she pined away Into a shadow of all sounds:--a drear Murmur, between their songs, is all the woodmen hear.

Like all true children of the mountains, he pined even when temporarily absent from them.

Bradford pined away an Belle Isle, and grew weaker, but no less reserved, each day.