\ 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

He is then seen retrieving a smaller item which is obscured by the truck and placing it in the bin. Kc Baker,, "Husband Allegedly Lay in Wait to Kill Missing Conn. Mom in Garage, Had Her Body in His Truck," 5 Sep. 2019 But there were still people in the aisle, and one of them now stopped beside her row: a huge boy, who was trying to make space for a rucksack in the overhead bin. Anne Enright, The New Yorker, "The Weight," 29 Aug. 2019 Traditional configurations only allowed around 40 percent of passengers to store bags in the bin. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airlines Are Finally Adding Perks Back to Economy Class," 28 Aug. 2019 This thing takes convenience to the next level and comes with a secondary vacuum within the charging base, which works to suck out everything in the bin into a sealable bag. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 23 Aug. 2019 Often, with just a structured tote bag in tow, the business traveller is afforded an excess of space in the overhead bin above her. Catherine Mevs, The New Yorker, "Business Travellers Know," 3 Aug. 2019 Imagine boarding a flight and not being able to put your luggage anywhere because the flight attendant is laying in the overhead bin. Hanna Flanagan,, "Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Crawls Into Plane's Overhead Bin as Passengers Board Aircraft," 31 July 2019 Between dragging a man off an overbooked flight and reportedly forcing a passenger to put her dog — who then died — in an overhead bin, United Airlines has people so angry, there's a Chrome extension just to block its flights from search results. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "United Airlines Accidentally Flies Dog to Japan Instead of Missouri," 15 Mar. 2018 The puppy died after a flight attendant ordered the owner to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "United bashed for animal deaths on flights. Here’s how many American had. | Charlotte Observer," 15 Mar. 2018

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But Narkevic’s and Lorimer’s discovery nearly got binned. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "An Alien-Hunting Tech Mogul May Help Solve a Space Mystery," 21 July 2019 These are the use of illegally cheap labour, and waste from people wearing cheap clothes once or twice and then binning them. The Economist, "Boohoo’s business model is as cheeky as a bikini paired with chaps," 17 Aug. 2019 The Trump Administration continues to face criticism for maintaining a close relationship with Saudi Arabia despite conclusions by U.S. intelligence officials that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s death. Time Staff, Time, "Here Are the 10 ‘Most Urgent’ Violations of Press Freedom Around the World," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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