\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Plastic bags don’t belong in residential recycling bins put out at the curb. Larry Barszewski,, "Recycling's new reality: 'When in doubt, throw it out'," 29 June 2018 Her family said Muhammad had been dismembered and put in storage bins. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Family posts $20,000 reward for information in 81-year-old grandmother's brutal death," 20 June 2018 Each week, residents bring trash and recycling to the curb in green and blue bins. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Residents React: A Lot Of Trash Talk About New Garbage Proposal," 19 June 2018 Learn More Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:35 Mice seen running on tomatoes at Stockton grocery store Advertisement A Stockton man spotted some mice in the tomato bins at the Food 4 Less grocery store on March Lane in Stockton. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "'Get the chicken nuggets,' because mice nibble the burger buns at this Wendy's, video shows," 18 June 2018 At the Orangevale branch the drop-off box filled so quickly that workers were storing ballots in plastic bins. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "The library was closed, so they left ballots on the lobby floor. Will their votes count?," 6 June 2018 Everyone must remove phones, tablets, computers and cameras and place them in bins. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Phoenix Comic Fest 2018: The craziest, coolest things we saw," 24 May 2018 Many wind up in recycling bins and under couch cushions, but there’s a small group of people out there who collect those buttons, which become more valuable over time. Bethany Ao,, "What happens to all those political buttons post-election? Collectors swap them in South Jersey," 30 Apr. 2018 The deputy found 252 bottles of prescription promethazine syrup in the van's floor storage bins and in other areas throughout the van, police said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man found with 252 bottles of ‘Purple Drank’ ingredient promethazine, police say," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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., "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,, "Garden chores for August," 3 Aug. 2017 Usually wearing the shirt of a club not considered a direct rival wouldn't be too big of an issue, but given Costa is actively pushing to move back to Atletico after being binned by the Blues, the antics seem to show exactly where his thoughts lie., "VIDEO: Diego Costa All But Ends His Chelsea Career in Controversial Instagram Live Post," 20 July 2017 The interior is funkier, too, binning the previous slablike dash for a more three-dimensional design bisected by a wavelike trim piece. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota Camry," 22 June 2017

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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

: a can for trash or garbage



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

: to put (something) in the trash


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Kids Definition of bin

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

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