\ 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

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 sheds have one or two cots, a blanket, socks, hygiene items, lights, outlets and two storage bins for each occupant. Ashley Mcbride,, "Oakland opens fifth cabin site for homeless in West Oakland," 3 July 2019 Eligible donations include pencils, pens, erasers, index cards, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, card stock, storage bins, pencil sharpeners, rulers and sticky notes. Colleen Cronin,, "Las Vegas Officials Approve Plan Allowing Parking Tickets to Be Paid by Donating School Supplies," 1 July 2019 Products for the classroom: Storage and organization for teachers have been top sellers and this year Target has $3 translucent storage bins. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Target kicks off back-to-school season with new clothes, college departments and more," 26 June 2019 Ford, for one, has developed a partnership with Heinz to turn tomato peels into center console storage bins, and with Jose Cuervo to use agave waste from tequila production in wiring harnesses and brackets. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 2018 Computers keep tabs on the tamper-proof electronic seals placed by IAEA officials on more than 2,000 pieces of equipment, from storage bins to uranium-processing machines. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Muzzled watchdog: How killing the nuclear deal could make it easier for Iran to pursue the bomb in secret," 8 May 2018 Joshua Hupperterz, 29, has been accused of killing her at his North Philadelphia home and taking her body in a storage bin to his grandmother’s house in the Poconos. Chris Palmer,, "Temple student called 911 after being shot, police say," 8 May 2018 Joshua Hupperterz, 29, has been accused of killing her at his home and taking her body in a storage bin to his grandmother's house in the Poconos, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Philadelphia. CBS News, "Police reveal details of slain Temple student's final moments," 8 May 2018 Joshua Hupperterz, 29, has been accused of killing her at his home and taking her body in a storage bin to his grandmother's house in the Poconos, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Philadelphia. Fox News, "Police: Temple student called 911 after fatally shot at home," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mr Sewing has binned the last threads of that ambition. The Economist, "Recognising reality at Deutsche Bank," 11 July 2019 Shoppers who want to participate must arrive by 9:45 a.m. to sign up for a temporary bidder number, and can then view the clothing bins up for auction at 10 a.m. The auction beings at 10:30 a.m. Bins will sell to the highest bidder. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local ‘royalty’ attends Honorary Mayor Scholarship Fundraiser," 3 June 2019 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., "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

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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
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


\ ˈbin How to pronounce bin (audio) \

Kids Definition of bin

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

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