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noun (1)

plural bins
: a box, frame, crib, or enclosed place used for storage
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


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binned; binning

transitive verb

: to put into a bin


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noun (2)

: the verb form been used with spoken emphasis in African American English to indicate that something (such as an event or state) happened or existed in the remote past or that it began in the remote past and is still ongoing : stressed bin
BIN, which is stressed, situates an eventuality or some part of it in the remote past. It has been shown that developing AAL-speaking children also produce BIN in spontaneous speech and interpret it as a marker that refers to the distant past.Lisa Green and Tracy Conner

Note: BIN frequently precedes perfect (see perfect entry 1 sense 5) verb forms, as well as progressive (see progressive entry 1 sense 6) verb forms ending in -ing. It can also precede the African American English feature perfective done, additional predicates (such as nouns, adjectives, and prepositional phrases), and, in certain contexts, adverbial phrases.


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: bi- entry 1

Examples of bin in a Sentence

Noun (1) Put the old newspapers in the recycling bin. a storage bin for hats and gloves
Recent Examples on the Web
The hand-washing sink was blocked by a large garbage bin during Monday’s inspection, and there was organic mold-like buildup in the ice machine. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 29 Mar. 2024 In a November 2022 audit, Oakland found that only 10.5% of its residents’ recycling bins and 4% of all compost bins had any level of contamination. Nollyanne Delacruz, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 The cap for overhead bins on many domestic flights is 24 x 16 x 10 inches, but some airlines are more strict and may set the limit to 22 x 14 x 9 inches. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 Then another man approached the front door with a large gray garbage bin. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 Shoppers can snag these Budding Joy storage bins for just $3 apiece. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 In addition to two-device wireless charging, the center console offers a bin for the rear passengers’ use. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2024 Gil Lopez, an event and volunteer coordinator, arrived at Middle College High School in Long Island City on a recent morning, bringing tools, gloves and bins of compost. Jane Margolies, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Surveillance video also showed the suspect entering and exiting the victim’s building wearing different disguises and at one point carrying a large blue bin, the official said. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024
Words that hung in the air, where they could not be struck through and binned. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 The inner screen camera has a 32MP sensor and shoots 8MP shots (binned by a factor of four). Iyaz Akhtar, PCMAG, 1 June 2023 The main camera captures approximately 48MP images that are binned down by four to produce 12MP jpegs. Eric Zeman, PCMAG, 11 May 2023 The result is an effective 48 megapixels of resolution which is designed to output binned 12-megapixel stills. Jon Porter, The Verge, 11 May 2023 In fact, after five failures in seven orbital launch attempts of its Rocket 3 vehicle, the company binned that design. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Mar. 2023 Just bin it with the Articles and Native peace treaties. Dennard Dayle, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 For instance, it was reported that Tesco suppliers are being forced to bin nearly 50 tonnes of food each week due to a lorry driver crisis. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The reusable bins the company normally supplies to clients have been replaced by cardboard boxes. Kim Velsey, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Noun (1)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1839, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bin was before the 12th century

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“Bin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a box, frame, or enclosed place for storage

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