bin

noun
\ 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

bin

verb
binned; binning

Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put into a bin

bin-

prefix

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 But taking 60 seconds to empty a dust bin a few times each week is still way better than having to vacuum the floors yourself. Maren Estrada, BGR, "This might be your last chance to get an insanely popular Roomba for $199," 23 Apr. 2021 The overhead bins are large too, accommodating eight full-size carry-on bags per bin, enough for at least one full-size bag per customer, according to JetBlue. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "JetBlue's Transatlantic Economy Class Is Complete With ‘Farm to In-flight’ Meals, Unlimited Wi-Fi, More," 6 Apr. 2021 Today also notes that in her memoir, Jill Biden recounts the story of hiding in an overhead bin on Air Force Two during the Obama administration. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Jill Biden Wore a Disguise to Pull Off the Funniest April Fools’ Day Prank," 2 Apr. 2021 Place cedar blocks of wood or mothballs inside the paper bags and lay them in the storage bin. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A little more care needed when behind the wheel," 22 Mar. 2021 But taking 60 seconds to empty a dust bin a few times each week is still way better than having to vacuum the floors yourself. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon’s Roomba robot vacuum deals start at just $224 right now," 25 Mar. 2021 But taking 60 seconds to empty a dust bin a few times each week is still way better than having to vacuum the floors yourself. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon has a Roomba robot vacuum on sale today for only $224," 5 Mar. 2021 Old vinyl records were reported found in a garbage bin in the 8000 block of 33rd Street. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Jan. 24," 23 Jan. 2021 The spacious bin fits all of his favorite toys while adding a bold pop of color to my living room. Rebecca Norris, USA TODAY, "15 things that make being a single puppy owner easier," 6 Mar. 2021 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

Noun

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

Verb

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bin

Noun

Middle English binn, from Old English

Prefix

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin bini two by two; akin to Old English twinn twofold — more at twin

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

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26 Apr 2021

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“Bin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bin. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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bin

noun

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

bin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal : to put (something) in the trash

bin

noun
\ 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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