\ 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

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Examples of bin in a Sentence

Noun Put the old newspapers in the recycling bin. a storage bin for hats and gloves
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Classrooms mirror high-quality preschools, with artwork papering the walls, children playing gleefully on colorful carpets and shelves stocked with bins of toys. NBC News, "How play is making a comeback in kindergarten classrooms," 8 Feb. 2020 There’s also a hidden drawer underneath the console’s main storage bin. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "All-new 2021 SUV launches this summer; GMC adds adventure-ready AT4 version," 7 Feb. 2020 The duo starts by filling a plastic storage bin with snow and packing it down. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "See the snow fort a Wauwatosa father and son spent about 30 hours building this winter," 6 Feb. 2020 The Tundra Trail has the Tundra 1794 Edition grille with special edition wheels and the same lockable storage bin as the Tacoma Trail. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Toyota Brings Back Trail Edition for 2021 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra," 6 Feb. 2020 The main order of business right now is cleaning up the front yard, which will include removal of the debris, a trash bin and a pile of dirt. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "‘Piecemeal’ home renovation in Fairfax Triangle draws scrutiny from Cleveland Heights officials," 5 Feb. 2020 Each bag comes with a lifetime warranty and has been tested to fit airline overhead bins. Condé Nast Traveler, "Baboon to the Moon's Limited Edition Dog-Print Duffel Is Almost Sold Out," 24 Jan. 2020 Companies, especially smaller companies, are all working from the same parts bin with the same manufacturing partners. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Librem 5 phone hands-on—Open source phone shows the cost of being different," 24 Jan. 2020 The black bin has an insulated hand pump tank that holds hot water. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "You Need This Portable Shower If You're a Traveling, Outdoorsy Type," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is not the first time Saudi Arabia has been implicated in phone hacking—though the incident may provide the strongest link yet to bin Salman himself. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "U.N. calls for ‘immediate investigation’ into Jeff Bezos phone hack allegedly involving Saudi Crown Prince," 22 Jan. 2020 After three weeks of strikes and demonstrations, Juppé had to bin his plan. Sylvain Cypel, The New York Review of Books, "Why Macron Refuses to Retire in France’s Pensions Battle," 17 Jan. 2020 The downside includes having to secure a second mortgage to obtain LPs that barely made it to the thrift-store dollar bins a decade earlier. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019 Both were charged with passing on information about dissidents to bin Salman’s government. Karl Vick, Time, "In the Year Since TIME Named Besieged Journalists the Person of the Year, the War Against Truth Has Continued Unabated," 12 Dec. 2019 The All Blacks were issued their first yellow cards for a high tackle this tournament when props Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tuungafasi were sin-binned in separate incidents against Namibia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ireland braced for New Zealand backlash in RWC quarterfinals," 18 Oct. 2019 Moments later, All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala was sin-binned for an arm tackle hitting the ball-carrier’s head. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stand-in flyhalf Barrett leads All Blacks’ rout of Namibia," 6 Oct. 2019 Case King and Silicon Lottery’s binned chip listings show the same minimal overclocking potential that users have been reporting, which seems to play into Tom’s Hardware’s theory. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Pre-binned Ryzen 3000 CPU listings reveal the limits of AMD overclocking potential," 15 Aug. 2019 But Narkevic’s and Lorimer’s discovery nearly got binned. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "An Alien-Hunting Tech Mogul May Help Solve a Space Mystery," 21 July 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Bin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce bin- (audio)

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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