\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

The new sedan is quiet and comfortable on the highway, with little road noise, comfortable seats and plenty of storage bins. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2019 Jetta is Volkswagen’s best compact sedan," 12 July 2018 Californians dutifully load up their recycling bins and feel good about themselves. George Skelton,, "Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle — but it's no longer doing any good," 9 July 2018 Happily, her snacks were returned after getting X-rayed in their separate bin. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "It started with your shoes, then your water. Now the TSA wants your snacks.," 29 June 2018 Those remains were found Oct. 6, 2014, in a plastic bin at a home in the 400 block of Hillwood Drive. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Jury’s guilty verdict sends convicted killer into frenzy in San Antonio courtroom," 5 June 2018 In Britain a tonne of textiles from a bin fetches £170-315 ($225-420). The Economist, "Rwanda refuses to remove tariffs on imports of used clothing," 31 May 2018 Glencoe spokeswoman Megan Hoffman said that on Wednesdays through Dec. 15, residents may place compostable materials such as eggshells and fruit peels in a biodegradable yard waste bag or in their curbside yard waste bins. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe residents can now compost through village garbage pickup," 24 Apr. 2018 Crossroads sells on consignment, so allow plenty of time to sort through its overflowing bins. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "10 great record stores in Portland," 20 Apr. 2018 Hundreds of postcards sent to Yanka’s Tap over the years from Illinois Valley residents overseas serving their country never made their way to a garbage bin. Ben Hohenstatt, The Seattle Times, "EXCHANGE: Former Peru resident restores old family tavern," 20 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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