Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

bin

play
noun \ˈbin\

Simple Definition of bin

  • : a box that is used for storing things

  • : a can for trash or garbage

Full Definition of bin

  1. :  a box, frame, crib, or enclosed place used for storage

Examples of bin

  1. Put the old newspapers in the recycling bin.

  2. <a storage bin for hats and gloves>



Origin of bin

Middle English binn, from Old English


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bin


2

bin

verb

Simple Definition of bin

  • : to put (something) in the trash

Full Definition of bin

binnedbin·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put into a bin

1841

First Known Use of bin

1841


bin-

prefix

Definition of bin-

  1. :  1bi- <binaural>



Origin of bin-

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin bini two by two; akin to Old English twinn twofold — more at twin




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet pince-nez kittly-benders spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ