A bin is a box or other lidded container. You might store onions and potatoes in a vegetable bin in your kitchen.

The noun bin is especially good for describing a specific kind of container, like a toy bin at a preschool or a compost bin on the counter. Bin is more commonly used in Britain than in the United States — a Londoner might say, "Oh, just throw that in the bin," while a New Yorker is more likely to say, "Throw it in the trash," or "Toss it in the garbage." The root word is the Old English binne, "basket."

Definitions of bin
  1. noun
    a container; usually has a lid
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    ash bin, ash-bin, ashbin, ashcan, dustbin, garbage can, trash barrel, trash bin, trash can, wastebin
    a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected
    coalbin, coalhole
    a bin for holding coal
    a bin or granary for storing grains
    flour bin
    a bin for holding flour
    litter basket, litter-basket, litterbin
    bin (usually in or outside a public building) into which the public can put rubbish
    parts bin
    a bin for holding spare parts
    recycling bin
    a bin for depositing things to be recycled
    bottle bank
    a place where bottles can be deposited for recycling
    a crib for storing and drying ears of corn
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a bin
    synonyms: binful
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    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. verb
    store in bins
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    hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
    keep or lay aside for future use
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