\ 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

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 center console has a spacious bin and plenty of room for cupholders and a wireless charging pad. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2022 Upon seeing a homeless man by the trash bin of a fast food restaurant, a Grossmont College staffer bought a hamburger and bottle of water for him. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 Several businesses and bus shelters were damaged, and a trash bin at a police precinct was set on fire following a Saturday night gathering at Peninsula Park, police said. oregonlive, 17 Apr. 2022 Some areas in Wales ask households using disposable diapers to set them out in a separate bin for collection each week. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 The single bin can process up to 4.4 pounds of waste per day, and can hold a total of 20 gallons of compost. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 One family carried a load of glass shards and twisted metal in a bedsheet to the nearby trash bin. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Keeping it extra secure in a bin of camp-kitchen gear would provide an extra bit of mental assurance when driving down washboard roads. The Editors, Outside Online, 5 Nov. 2020 Police made the grisly discovery near a trash bin at the back of the motel. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The reusable bins the company normally supplies to clients have been replaced by cardboard boxes.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 After Fiji flanker Semi Kunatani was sin-binned, Adams finished off a slick four-man passing move for 14-10. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 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, 22 Jan. 2020 After three weeks of strikes and demonstrations, Juppé had to bin his plan. Sylvain Cypel, The New York Review of Books, 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, 30 Dec. 2019 Both were charged with passing on information about dissidents to bin Salman’s government. Karl Vick, Time, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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

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