\ 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 The Senate’s quick vote consigns to the trash bin hundreds of bills that had been wending through the Capitol before lawmakers adjourned in March amid mounting concerns about the pandemic. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "In surprise move, Arizona Senate votes to end its work without votes on bills," 26 May 2020 Reap the Nutritious Benefits of Fruit and Veggie Tops Those leafy greens on most of your fruits and vegetables can have a life beyond the compost bin. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Don't Toss That Cheese Rind! Here Are 12 Ways to Repurpose Food Scraps," 19 May 2020 All major rides have bins for visitors to store their smartphones. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Holiday World will look different after reopening during coronavirus," 16 May 2020 Passengers with Saver fares will also be the last to use the overhead bin space. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Book a Trip to Hawaii for Just $99 with Alaska Airlines," 4 Mar. 2020 In 2001, after nine weeks of fighting, Afghan militia leaders claimed control of the last mountain bastion of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda fighters, but bin Laden himself was nowhere to be seen., "In 1653, Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.," 16 Dec. 2019 Al-Baghdadi, though extraordinarily dangerous, had not orchestrated an attack like the one bin Laden planned for Sept. 11, 2001, and was not nearly as well known. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, "Analysis: With ISIS death, Trump touts much-needed triumph," 27 Oct. 2019 To justify this loophole, bin Laden invoked the writings of medieval Muslim scholars such as al-Qurtubi. Mohammad Hassan Khalil, The Conversation, "So, what really is jihad?," 20 June 2019 Confronted with walking skeletons and cadavers piled in bins, many service members cried and vomited. New York Times, "For Some Holocaust Survivors, Even Liberation Was Dehumanizing," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The reusable bins the company normally supplies to clients have been replaced by cardboard boxes. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "The Upheaval in New York’s Rental Market," 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, "Wales reaches RWC quarterfinals after thrilling win vs Fiji," 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, "One size fits men Silicon Valley is bad at making products that suit women. That is a missed opportunity," 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, "U.N. calls for ‘immediate investigation’ into Jeff Bezos phone hack allegedly involving Saudi Crown Prince," 22 Jan. 2020 After three weeks of strikes and demonstrations, Juppé had to bin his plan. Sylvain Cypel, The New York Review of Books, "Why Macron Refuses to Retire in France’s Pensions Battle," 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, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 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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