Definition of bin in English:

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Pronunciation: /bin/


[with modifier]
1A receptacle for storing a specified substance: a vegetable bin
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  • There have also been problems with the brown bin or composting bin service, with a handful of households contaminating it with dead animals and non-recyclable waste.
  • We have a worm farm and compost bin, have planted fruit trees and vegetables and plan to plant up an area of natives next week.
  • The scheme is designed to encourage residents to take part in council schemes, which include a compost bin offer and nappy laundering services.
container, receptacle, holder;
drum, canister, box, caddy, can, crate, chest, tin
1.1A receptacle in which to deposit trash or recyclables: we tossed the soda cans in the bin marked “aluminum only.”
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  • Bin wagons, rubbish bins and boxes are all in line for a major shake-up to smooth the way for kerbside recycling.
  • The level of organisation is very impressive, though I'm not sure about the symbolism of the count supervisors using an empty ballot box as a rubbish bin.
  • He pointed it out to me and I walked across to the bin and deposited the package of shells.
1.2 Statistics Each of a series of ranges of numerical value into which data are sorted in statistical analysis.
Example sentences
  • We performed the same statistical analysis on these synteny bins as described above for the human-mouse data.
  • Ogilvie et al. divided trials into quartile bins based on the distribution of reaction time latencies.
  • The spike in the rightmost bin of the series is due to the occurrence of an appreciable number of chromosomes without crossovers at that marker spacing.
1.3 short for loony bin. back in the bin, she suffers from dreadful nightmares

verb (bins, binning, binned)

[with object]
1Place (something) in a bin.
Example sentences
  • If binning the soybeans, start at 16% moisture and aerate to dry down to an average of 13%. Aeration is required anyway for temperature control of stored grain.
  • For bins with false floors which are inaccessible for cleaning, chloropicrin, a bin ‘clean-out’ fumigant, is legal to use, prior to binning the grain.
  • The experience of eating in itself was not unpleasant, but once the wrapper is binned you come to the realisation that you have taken part in a tawdry liason with a tarted-up chocolate trollop.
1.1 Statistics Group together (data) in bins.
Example sentences
  • The mean-variance estimates were then binned into a two-dimensional histogram.
  • The numbers of links to other domains in such graphs were logarithmically binned, and frequencies were thus obtained.
  • Although this meant losing information due to binning quantitative data, it increased the power of the method to describe a large range of morphological variation and large patterns in evolutionary history.


Old English bin(n), binne, of Celtic origin; related to Welsh ben 'cart'. The original meaning was 'receptacle' in a general sense; also specifically 'a receptacle for provender in a stable' and 'a receptacle for storing grain, bread, or other foodstuffs'. The sense 'receptacle for trash' dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with bin

agin, akin, begin, Berlin, Boleyn, Bryn, chin, chin-chin, Corinne, din, fin, Finn, Flynn, gaijin, Glyn, grin, Gwyn, herein, Ho Chi Minh, in, inn, Jin, jinn, kin, Kweilin, linn, Lynn, mandolin, mandoline, Min, no-win, pin, Pinyin, quin, shin, sin, skin, spin, therein, thin, Tientsin, tin, Tonkin, Turin, twin, underpin, Vietminh, violin, wherein, whin, whipper-in, win, within, Wynne, yin

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