\ ˈbin How to pronounce bin (audio) \
plural bins

Definition of bin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a box, frame, crib, or enclosed place used for storage
2 chiefly British : a can for trash or garbage : dustbin The woman retreated to a desk, dropping the leaflets in the bin as though she couldn't bear to hold them anymore.— Denise Mina


binned; binning

Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put into a bin



Definition of bin- (Entry 3 of 3)

: bi- entry 1 binaural

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Synonyms for bin

Synonyms: Noun

box, caddy, case, casket, chest, locker, trunk

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Examples of bin in a Sentence


Put the old newspapers in the recycling bin. a storage bin for hats and gloves

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Parents must navigate crowded aisles, dig through overflowing bins and employ every negotiating skill to avoid meltdowns when that sought-after Spider Man lunchbox is nowhere to be found. Author: Laura Daily, Anchorage Daily News, "How to save money during back-to-school mania this year," 11 Aug. 2019 They were sorted neatly, by month, and within 53 individual mail bins. Laura Crimaldi,, "RMV was long aware of problems that led to scandal, documents show," 11 Aug. 2019 Outside, birds circled the grain bins and settled, shrieking, on electrical lines. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Why John Delaney Won’t Drop Out of the Presidential Race," 11 Aug. 2019 Eric Young, a community representative in Faulconer’s office who had organized meetings about the new center, said the plan is to open it with 50 bins and slowly expand it to up to 500 if needed. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plans advancing for El Cerrito storage site for homeless," 9 Aug. 2019 Bintliff now has a modest backyard, just enough room to fit four mud bins at a reasonable distance from a small patio table. Emma Baccellieri,, "Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 Those bins end up before another employee who boxes the contents with other items from the order. Mike Rogoway,, "Amazon warehouse in Troutdale: logistical marvels and persistent worker complaints," 6 Aug. 2019 Mr Johnson demands that the EU bin the Irish backstop agreed on as part of the deal reached with Theresa May, his predecessor. The Economist, "Preparing for no deal is a paradoxical process," 1 Aug. 2019 Letters seized from the compound suggested the elder bin Laden wanted his son to join him in Abbottabad and was grooming him as a leader. NBC News, "U.S. has intel that Osama bin Laden's son and heir Hamza is dead, say officials," 31 July 2019

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The Trump Administration continues to face criticism for maintaining a close relationship with Saudi Arabia despite conclusions by U.S. intelligence officials that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s death. Time Staff, Time, "Here Are the 10 ‘Most Urgent’ Violations of Press Freedom Around the World," 1 Aug. 2019 Mr Sewing has binned the last threads of that ambition. The Economist, "Recognising reality at Deutsche Bank," 11 July 2019 Shoppers who want to participate must arrive by 9:45 a.m. to sign up for a temporary bidder number, and can then view the clothing bins up for auction at 10 a.m. The auction beings at 10:30 a.m. Bins will sell to the highest bidder. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local ‘royalty’ attends Honorary Mayor Scholarship Fundraiser," 3 June 2019 Some new planes, like Delta’s Airbus A220-100s which are slated to start flying next year, have enough bin space for everyone to bring a carry-on. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airlines’ Boarding Changes Reward Higher-Paying Travelers," 21 Dec. 2018 No airplane has overhead bin space for each person to carry on a bag, Kress tells me. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 The likes of Milner and Henderson will most likely get binned off next season and replaced by Naby Keita, a player of immense ball-carrying skill with an urge to get into the box, and Fabinho, a talented passer not afraid to put his foot in., "Liverpool's Transfer Activity This Year Hints Next Season Could Finally Be Their Season," 30 May 2018 Additional features of the community garden added in the second season included stand-up plot areas that are accessible for anyone, a garden shed and a compost bins area. Shirley Macfarland,, "Broadview Heights Spotlights performs Southern family drama: Talk of the Towns," 13 Apr. 2018 Alternatively, staff could go from bin to bin ahead of the collection truck. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "If there’s trash in your recycling bin, you may face fines as costs rise for contaminated loads | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bin


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bin


Middle English binn, from Old English


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

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English Language Learners Definition of bin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a box that is used for storing things
chiefly British : a can for trash or garbage



English Language Learners Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal : to put (something) in the trash


\ ˈbin How to pronounce bin (audio) \

Kids Definition of bin

: a box or enclosed place used for storage a laundry bin

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