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[bin] /bɪn/
a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like.
verb (used with object), binned, binning.
to store in a bin.
Origin of bin
before 950; Middle English binne, Old English binn(e) crib, perhaps < Celtic; compare Welsh benn cart
Related forms
unbinned, adjective
Can be confused
bean, been, Ben, bin.


a combining form meaning “two,” “two at a time,” used in the formation of compound words:
binary; binocular.
Compare bi-1 .
combining form of Latin bīnī two each, by twos Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bin
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  • It's the trail of the bar we've bin' huntin' this long while, that's what it is.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • “We have bin in luck, sir,” replied the hunter, touching his cap.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • I bin working on de tobacco, and when I come back to de barns everything was gone.

  • He pushed back the bin, shut the cellar-door and left the house.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • It wus hot 'nough fer a while, I tell you; as lively a little jig as I've ever bin in.

    My Lady of the North Randall Parrish
British Dictionary definitions for bin


a large container or enclosed space for storing something in bulk, such as coal, grain, or wool
Also called bread bin. a small container for bread
Also called dustbin, rubbish bin. a container for litter, rubbish, etc
  1. a storage place for bottled wine
  2. one particular bottling of wine
verb bins, binning, binned
(transitive) to store in a bin
(transitive) to put in a wastepaper bin
Word Origin
Old English binne basket, probably of Celtic origin; related to bindan to bind


a variant, esp before a vowel, of bi-1 binocular
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Word Origin and History for bin

"receptacle," Old English binne "basket, manger, crib," probably from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *benna, akin to Welsh benn "a cart," especially one with a woven wicker body. The same Celtic word seems to be preserved in Italian benna "dung cart," French benne "grape-gatherer's creel," Dutch benne "large basket," all from Late Latin benna "cart," Medieval Latin benna "basket." Some linguists think there was a Germanic form parallel to the Celtic one.

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bin in Medicine

bin- pref.
Variant of bi-1.

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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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