Definition of bin in English:

bin

Syllabification: bin

noun

[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.
    Synonyms
  • 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.
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    • 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)

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  • 1Place (something) in a bin.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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.

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