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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pine \Pine\, noun [AS. p[imac]n, L. pinus.]

1. (Bot.) Any tree of the coniferous genus {Pinus}. See {Pinus}.

Note: There are about twenty-eight species in the United States, of which the {white pine} ({Pinus Strobus}), the {Georgia pine} ({Pinus australis}), the {red pine} ({Pinus resinosa}), and the great West Coast {sugar pine} ({Pinus Lambertiana}) are among the most valuable. The {Scotch pine} or {fir}, also called {Norway} or {Riga pine} ({Pinus sylvestris}), is the only British species. The {nut pine} is any pine tree, or species of pine, which bears large edible seeds. See {Pinon}. The spruces, firs, larches, and true cedars, though formerly considered pines, are now commonly assigned to other genera.

2. The wood of the pine tree.

3. A pineapple.

{Ground pine}. (Bot.) See under {Ground}.

{Norfolk Island pine} (Bot.), a beautiful coniferous tree, the {Araucaria excelsa}.

{Pine barren}, a tract of infertile land which is covered with pines. [Southern U.S.]

{Pine borer} (Zool.), any beetle whose larv[ae] bore into pine trees.

{Pine finch}. (Zool.) See {Pinefinch}, in the Vocabulary.

{Pine grosbeak} (Zool.), a large grosbeak ({Pinicola enucleator}), which inhabits the northern parts of both hemispheres. The adult male is more or less tinged with red.

{Pine lizard} (Zool.), a small, very active, mottled gray lizard ({Sceloporus undulatus}), native of the Middle States; -- called also {swift}, {brown scorpion}, and {alligator}.

{Pine marten}. (Zool.) (a) A European weasel ({Mustela martes}), called also {sweet marten}, and {yellow-breasted marten}. (b) The American sable. See {Sable}.

{Pine moth} (Zool.), any one of several species of small tortricid moths of the genus {Retinia}, whose larv[ae] burrow in the ends of the branchlets of pine trees, often doing great damage.

{Pine mouse} (Zool.), an American wild mouse ({Arvicola pinetorum}), native of the Middle States. It lives in pine forests.

{Pine needle} (Bot.), one of the slender needle-shaped leaves of a pine tree. See {Pinus}.

{Pine-needle wool}. See {Pine wool} (below).

{Pine oil}, an oil resembling turpentine, obtained from fir and pine trees, and used in making varnishes and colors.

{Pine snake} (Zool.), a large harmless North American snake ({Pituophis melanoleucus}). It is whitish, covered with brown blotches having black margins. Called also {bull snake}. The Western pine snake ({Pituophis Sayi}) is chestnut-brown, mottled with black and orange.

{Pine tree} (Bot.), a tree of the genus {Pinus}; pine.

{Pine-tree money}, money coined in Massachusetts in the seventeenth century, and so called from its bearing a figure of a pine tree. The most noted variety is the {pine tree shilling}.

{Pine weevil} (Zool.), any one of numerous species of weevils whose larv[ae] bore in the wood of pine trees. Several species are known in both Europe and America, belonging to the genera {Pissodes}, {Hylobius}, etc.

{Pine wool}, a fiber obtained from pine needles by steaming them. It is prepared on a large scale in some of the Southern United States, and has many uses in the economic arts; -- called also {pine-needle wool}, and {pine-wood wool}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swift \Swift\ (sw[i^]ft), adjective [Compar. {Swifter} (sw[i^]ft"[~e]r); superl. {Swiftest}.] [AS. swift; akin to sw[=a]pan to sweep, swipu a whip; cf. sw[imac]fan to move quickly, to revolve. See {Swoop}, verb (used without an object), and cf. {Swivel}, {Squib}.]

1. Moving a great distance in a short time; moving with celerity or velocity; fleet; rapid; quick; speedy; prompt.

My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. --James i. 19.

Swift of dispatch and easy of access. --Dryden.

And bring upon themselves swift destruction. --2 Pet. ii. 1.

2. Of short continuance; passing away quickly. --Shak.

Note: Swift is often used in the formation of compounds which are generally self-explaining; as, swift-darting, swift-footed, swift-winged, etc.

Syn: Quick; fleet; speedy; rapid; expeditious.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swift \Swift\, adverb Swiftly. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.

Ply swift and strong the oar. --Southey.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swift \Swift\, noun

1. The current of a stream. [R.] --Walton.

2. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small, long-winged, insectivorous birds of the family {Micropodidae}. In form and habits the swifts resemble swallows, but they are destitute of complex vocal muscles and are not singing birds, but belong to a widely different group allied to the humming birds.

Note: The common European swift ({Cypselus apus} syn. {Micropus apus}) nests in church steeples and under the tiles of roofs, and is noted for its rapid flight and shrill screams. It is called also {black martin}, {black swift}, {hawk swallow}, {devil bird}, {swingdevil}, {screech martin}, and {shriek owl}. The common American, or chimney, swift ({Chaetura pelagica}) has sharp rigid tips to the tail feathers. It attaches its nest to the inner walls of chimneys, and is called also {chimney swallow}. The Australian swift ({Chaetura caudacuta}) also has sharp naked tips to the tail quills. The European Alpine swift ({Cypselus melba}) is whitish beneath, with a white band across the breast. The common Indian swift is {Cypselus affinis}. See also {Palm swift}, under {Palm}, and {Tree swift}, under {Tree}.

3. (Zool.) Any one of several species of lizards, as the pine lizard.

4. (Zool.) The ghost moth. See under {Ghost}.

5. [Cf. {Swivel}.] A reel, or turning instrument, for winding yarn, thread, etc.; -- used chiefly in the plural.

6. The main card cylinder of a flax-carding machine.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

swift

adjective

1: moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner" [syn: {fleet}, {swift}]

noun

1: United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903) [syn: {Swift}, {Gustavus Franklin Swift}]

2: an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745) [syn: {Swift}, {Jonathan Swift}, {Dean Swift}]

3: a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight

4: common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks [syn: {western fence lizard}, {swift}, {blue-belly}, {Sceloporus occidentalis}]


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