Definition of bin in English:



  • 1with modifier A receptacle for storing a specified substance.

    ‘a vegetable bin’
    • ‘Each bin stores a particular variety of packaged multiple-dose pharmaceutical.’
    • ‘A big stand of grain bins; they are scowling at the wind, each of them.’
    • ‘The stores were decorated with bins of coffee beans, photos of coffee trees, and shelves of gleaming coffee paraphernalia.’
    • ‘The scheme is designed to encourage residents to take part in council schemes, which include a compost bin offer and nappy laundering services.’
    • ‘Use large colorful stackable plastic bins to store toys, linens, out of season clothes and decorations, etc.’
    • ‘Children can sort through the manageable bins without standing on tiptoes or upsetting a whole shelf.’
    • ‘So I laid some permeable membrane down to stop the weeds from growing upwards and emptied the contents of the big compost bin into the smaller compost bin.’
    • ‘Any longer than that and I'm liable to drop the jeans in the nearest bargain bin basket and run out of the shop empty handed.’
    • ‘I was shopping in a health food store that had open bins and this man was grabbing handfuls of nuts in his open hands and eating them before going to the counter to pay for them.’
    • ‘We also started boiling up the maize and storing this in huge bins ready for piling into the swims in front of the site to get the shoals of fish munching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each bin can store one type of otherwise homeless stuff.’
    • ‘Those burgeoning sprouts on the gnarly bulbs piled in bins at a garden store can produce five or six flowers, each as big as your hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Check the dollar stores for plastic bins, baskets and containers.’
    • ‘I survey the space where we're standing, shelves and bins of different components.’
    • ‘Once the sequence is complete, the test equipment sends the results to the component handler, which bins the part and places another in the fixture.’
    • ‘York Rotters, a band of council-trained volunteers, showed festival visitors how they can reduce household waste by up to a third by purchasing a discounted compost bin.’
    • ‘It's carried to market, stored, arranged in bins, cooked, brought to the table, and eaten.’
    • ‘Using separate bins to store boarders' grain helps track the number of sacks you use.’
    • ‘When you go to bargain bins in record stores, you can get Blondie and The Beatles and you can go back every day and get something new and good.’
    container, receptacle, holder
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    1. 1.1 A receptacle in which to deposit trash or recyclables.
      ‘we tossed the soda cans in the bin marked “aluminum only.”’
      • ‘Was he planning on using one of the empty bottles in the bin to store some chemicals?’
      • ‘Refuse collectors are instructed only to collect rubbish left in the bins and no other bags, in an attempt to reduce landfill and encourage recycling.’
      • ‘He tossed the little wooden stick in the recycling bin and stood up.’
      • ‘He pointed it out to me and I walked across to the bin and deposited the package of shells.’
      • ‘An electrified clothes drying rack, a guitar made out of an coffee tin, drums built from stainless steel colanders, pots and rubbish bins.’
      • ‘In addition one resident actually had somebody put a sack of rubbish in their bin when they had it left out for collection.’
      • ‘That amounts to 1500 tonnes of glass, plastic, paper and cans going into recycling bins rather than rubbish bags.’
      • ‘So chuck the half-used bottles of poison in the bin and stop giving your money to the multi-nationals with their hugely profitable global brands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last week I left several glass wine bottles in my green bin along with paper and cardboard.’
      • ‘So it must have been gremlins that filled my rubbish bin with pieces of torn cardboard and disposable coffee cups.’
      • ‘The study showed that only 14 per cent of household rubbish bins contain absolutely no information of interest to fraudsters.’
      • ‘As Ian approached the bus stop, Mad Sam extricated himself from the litter bin and stood in the middle of the pavement, blocking Ian's path.’
      • ‘After the first day of the strike many city centre streets were filled with litter as protesters tipped over rubbish bins and emptied refuse bags.’
      • ‘Christmas cards can be taken along to Tesco or WH Smith, where recycling bins will stand in all their York stores.’
      • ‘Bin wagons, rubbish bins and boxes are all in line for a major shake-up to smooth the way for kerbside recycling.’
      • ‘Each week, on the same day, either the black bin with household rubbish and the blue box with tins and plastic were collected, or the brown bin for garden rubbish and the green box for paper.’
      • ‘Just think if you recycled all of these materials you won't need to stand on your wheeled bin to squeeze that last bit of space out of it and you might get your lid the whole way down!’
      • ‘As part of the project, every home in the borough will have a green box for glass, tins, foil trays and plastic bottles, a white bag for paper waste and a grey bin for other household rubbish.’
      • ‘On your next visit to the supermarket take excess packaging and deposit in the rubbish bins in the store car park.’
    2. 1.2Statistics Each of a series of ranges of numerical value into which data are sorted in statistical analysis.
      • ‘We performed the same statistical analysis on these synteny bins as described above for the human-mouse data.’
      • ‘Mean values and 95% confidence intervals for F are plotted against mean density values for each bin.’
      • ‘In 1831, August Ferdinand Möbius put numbers into 3 bins, as a new type of function.’
      • ‘For clarity of presentation, values were grouped in bins and distances >100 km were omitted.’
      • ‘Categorizing into bins is labor intensive with inevitable arbitrariness that may vary between laboratories.’
      • ‘All other markers are subsequently placed in the bin into which they best fit by statistical procedures without perturbing the overall map order.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A major disadvantage has been that it is not straightforward to construct a histogram with log bins when the original data have been digitized.’
      • ‘FIG. 3. - Average ECI values for genes in different bins of expression breadth.’
      • ‘The bin analysis moved forward point-to-point to calculate means and variances.’
      • ‘The range of each bin varied such that each one contained 1/9 of the positions.’
      • ‘We calculated the choice proportions of the higher rewarding flower types for bins of 50 simulated visits.’
      • ‘We group the posterior probabilities into bins and in each bin calculate the proportion of sites truly under positive selection.’
      • ‘Plotted is the maximum bin length value averaged over 50 simulated populations.’
      • ‘However, the mode of rise times at the second bin of the histogram was suspect.’
      • ‘However, it is usually at one of the first few bins in the histograms, where it may be due to failure of detection of very brief events.’
      • ‘Ogilvie et al. divided trials into quartile bins based on the distribution of reaction time latencies.’
      • ‘This value is shown in the second bin from the left in the same histogram for comparison.’
      • ‘This value is shown in the left-most bin in the histogram of Fig.4 A.’
      • ‘To do this, each distribution was binned and compared to a reference distribution given by the average value in each bin.’
    3. 1.3
      ‘back in the bin, she suffers from dreadful nightmares’
      short for loony bin


  • 1Place (something) in a bin.

    • ‘Satisfied that the syringes couldn't be seen through the tissue, he binned it.’
    • ‘Dabbing my lips with a tissue, I saw blood when I binned the tissue.’
    • ‘Teaching design means teaching students how to stay interested in graphic design - interested enough to go back in and fix something or bin it and start over.’
    • ‘With the enthusiastic resistance of the main unionist parties, the Northern Ireland Office and senior police officers, the proposal was binned.’
    • ‘Its been a while since I put some thoughts on paper on my fundamental view of the economy/markets… just my opinion so bin it if you don't want to know about it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I later found out that after he passed away that his flat was cleared of all the stuff in it and many - if not all - of the scripts and videos were binned.’
    • ‘And the company even overcame the rust problems through binning their Soviet steel and investing in some rust protection.’
    • ‘Two months on and I have binned the vast array of other products that once cluttered my bedroom.’
    • ‘It's the Linotype font identifier which allows you to identify that fantastic typeface you saw in that magazine which the office cleaners binned last week.’
    • ‘If the item hasn't been claimed after some time ask the owner if s/he would be happy for you to bin it, sell it, or give it to charity.’
    • ‘When I finally decided to bin it, it just made the whole bike feel so much lighter and turn much quicker I wish I'd done straight away.’
    • ‘They are truly our dustbin men, employed by us to sweep up and bin the problems we continue to diagnose wrongly.’
    • ‘I'd bin it if I got home and it wasn't really cold enough to wear to need a shirt anyway.’
    • ‘Then there's the amount of really useful stuff that gets binned every time someone chucks out a PC, monitor or other electronic device - what a waste!’
    • ‘Cyprus wants its taxi drivers to bin their medallions, cover up hairy belly buttons and ditch flashy rings to project a cleaner image among tourists.’
    • ‘Three days later he binned the second brush even though he was only cleaning now after proper meals.’
    • ‘It's time to bin the manifestos and start again.’
    1. 1.1Statistics Group together (data) in bins.
      • ‘Each test can include source configurations, measurements, conditional branching, math functions, and pass/fail limit testing with binning capability.’
      • ‘The ESTs were binned into clusters with the program Fragment Assembly System (Accelrys).’
      • ‘Binning, Minimum Abundance Matrix, and Sample Distribution.-To make possible our remaining analyses from two, partially overlapping data sets, we streamlined the process by binning the data.’
      • ‘To do this, each distribution was binned and compared to a reference distribution given by the average value in each bin.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, each of these data binning schemes produce dynamical patterns that are fundamentally similar in the variation of extinction and origination probabilities over the studied time span.’
      • ‘These observations were binned to a two-dimensional array of size 100 x 100.’
      • ‘The measured end-to-end distances and the bend angles were binned in 10% intervals, and graphed as histograms.’
      • ‘In addition to this most finely resolved binning treatment, we also combined data into 20, 18, and, finally, 15 intervals for analysis of the extinction and origination data.’
      • ‘This means that the probability of having sampled a particular species in a particular binned interval is much larger than the probability of sighting it in any individual stratigraphie sample.’
      • ‘A series of image frames was acquired at intervals of 3 s, with binning pixels 2 × 2, under computer control.’
      • ‘Physical location is plotted relative to a reference genome, and changes are binned into 10-bp regions for plotting’
      • ‘Corrected data was binned with 5-nm steps along the emission wavelength axis in an appropriate range to reduce data size.’
      • ‘Periods were binned into 15-min intervals, labeled with the upper period bound of the interval.’
      • ‘Data from many such events were binned in 0.5 pN intervals, and the average motor speed and force were calculated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mean-variance estimates were then binned into a two-dimensional histogram.’
      • ‘Results were then binned for every 10% change in boundary position and plotted in Fig.3 A.’
      • ‘The software automatically binned the data across gels and generated fragment presence/absence strings for the two segregating alleles produced by each primer set.’
      • ‘The arrival time of consecutive photons is binned (by software) into 1 ms time intervals.’
      • ‘The different aneuploid types were then binned into the same genome content classes used for the progeny of the CCC and CWW triploids.’
      • ‘The RI lines were binned into genotypic pools to isolate the effects of the major QTL on chromosome 5 while holding the minor QTL constant.’
      • ‘The numbers of links to other domains in such graphs were logarithmically binned, and frequencies were thus obtained.’
      • ‘The relationship between the frequency of cross-bridge occurrence and axial offset was binned at 2-nm resolution.’
      • ‘To follow this process in single molecules in solution, photons in the bursts were binned according to the time that elapsed from the initiation of the single-particle fluorescence burst.’


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