bin

noun
\ ˈbin \
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

bin

verb
binned; binning

Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put into a bin

bin-

prefix

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead of throwing them in a random bin — or worse — in the trash, keep scrolling for what to do. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Do With All Your Clothes That Don't “Spark Joy"," 11 Jan. 2019 But plastic bins aren’t the only place in airports where researchers found frequent presence of cold-causing viruses. Martine Powers, The Seattle Times, "Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say," 4 Sep. 2018 The recyclables that once sat in bright blue bins lining neighborhood streets aresorted by workers wearing hard hats and plastic gloves, eventually to be sold to China and other world markets. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Some of your recyclables may be going to landfills," 4 July 2018 Last November its ban expanded to include all nonindustrial plastic waste—aka the stuff in the blue bins. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "China Won’t Solve the World’s Plastics Problem Any More," 20 June 2018 Useful storage pockets and bins abound in the doors and center console. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Volvo loads up XC40 compact SUV with nifty features," 8 June 2018 Massive yellow, blue and green bins hold tens of thousands of metal parts. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "The hidden costs of 'America First' tariffs," 7 June 2018 After the slaying, part of his body was found in a plastic bin at a home while his amputated arms and legs were located on a backyard grill. Fox News, "Man convicted in Texas dismemberment slaying," 6 June 2018 She had been stabbed 10 times, was doused in bleach and stuffed in a plastic bin. Ken De La Bastide, Post-Tribune, "Gary woman who murdered central Indiana woman, kidnapped her baby sentenced to 40 years," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. SI.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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 On the one hand, there are people who don't like that the club are binning off the next potential big thing in the managerial game. SI.com, "FanView: Why Marco Silva's Sacking at Watford Really Shouldn't Come as a Surprise," 21 Jan. 2018 The concepts’ hood strakes, additional venting above the grille, and faux air cutouts below the taillights have been binned, while the pleasing full-width black panel on the tailgate appears to have been shortened, too. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 Audi Q8 Flagship SUV Spotted Basically Undisguised," 11 Jan. 2018 In sun, those black worm bins heat up and cook the worms. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Garden chores for August," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bin

Noun

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

Verb

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bin

Noun

Middle English binn, from Old English

Prefix

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

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bin

noun

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

bin

verb

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

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

bin

noun
\ ˈbin \

Kids Definition of bin

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

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