\ 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 Do not place batteries in curbside trash or recycling bins. Dallas News, "Tips for using power tools like a pro," 11 Jan. 2020 Today, their holiday collection takes up three storage units and closets full of plastic bins between seasons. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "From foreclosure to fabulous. Take a look at this Peoria home," 9 Jan. 2020 But the city hasn't known what to do with the 30,000 plastic bins rendered useless by the switchover. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "In California: $300 million to curb border pollution, but will it work? Some have doubts," 9 Jan. 2020 Firefighters opened the bottom of the bin to free the woman. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Woman rescued from N.J. clothing donation bin for third time in 2 years, police say," 7 Jan. 2020 Use materials such as bins or storage units that are clear, can be hidden or against the wall if possible. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Here's How To Declutter Your Space For The New Year," 6 Jan. 2020 Plastic bins of her family's things were stacked on the side of the house, waiting to be sorted through. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee residents trying to clean up after water main break destroys furnaces, belongings," 31 Dec. 2019 Most robot vacuums have a bin size of around 0.6 liters. Adrienne So, Wired, "How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum," 28 Dec. 2019 There are also storage bin options that allow for a sturdier protection. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "There Are So Many Christmas Tree Storage Bag Options—Here's What You Need to Know," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 These are the use of illegally cheap labour, and waste from people wearing cheap clothes once or twice and then binning them. The Economist, "Boohoo’s business model is as cheeky as a bikini paired with chaps," 17 Aug. 2019 The Trump Administration continues to face criticism for maintaining a close relationship with Saudi Arabia despite conclusions by U.S. intelligence officials that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s death. Time Staff, Time, "Here Are the 10 ‘Most Urgent’ Violations of Press Freedom Around the World," 1 Aug. 2019 Mr Sewing has binned the last threads of that ambition. The Economist, "Recognising reality at Deutsche Bank," 11 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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“Bin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of bin

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

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