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plural bins
: a box, frame, crib, or enclosed place used for storage
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


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binned; binning

transitive verb

: to put into a bin


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: bi- entry 1

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Example Sentences

Noun Put the old newspapers in the recycling bin. a storage bin for hats and gloves
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The center’s experienced educators will show viewers how to find a bin that fits their needs and lifestyle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2022 Southington home, there is an open bin full of trash. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2022 To clean bath toys, fill a bin with bath toys, 1/2 cup bleach, and one gallon of water. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 These days, users upgrade constantly and relegate old phones to desk drawers — or the trash bin. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 In that case, the body of 49-year-old Ryan Hooley was found next to a trash bin Friday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 That his record is treated as honorable, rather than hushed up and relegated to the trash bin of history, is a sour commentary on heroism and distinction in modern America. Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 Use the cute included ice scoop to dip into the storage bin, fill a Big Gulp–size cup with chewable nugget ice, and aah. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 12 July 2022 For the majority of Californians, the only option to recycle is to toss the can into the blue bin that is part of municipal trash pickup, along with paper, plastic and other recycling items. Sofia Fernandez, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022
For instance, it was reported that Tesco suppliers are being forced to bin nearly 50 tonnes of food each week due to a lorry driver crisis. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The reusable bins the company normally supplies to clients have been replaced by cardboard boxes. Kim Velsey, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 After Fiji flanker Semi Kunatani was sin-binned, Adams finished off a slick four-man passing move for 14-10. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2019 Amazon binned a hiring algorithm that was persistently sexist, and Apple is being investigated over its new credit card, which offers women lower credit limits. The Economist, 21 Nov. 2019 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, 22 Jan. 2020 After three weeks of strikes and demonstrations, Juppé had to bin his plan. Sylvain Cypel, The New York Review of Books, 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, 30 Dec. 2019 Both were charged with passing on information about dissidents to bin Salman’s government. Karl Vick, Time, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bin was before the 12th century

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“Bin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

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

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