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

n 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)

n the quantity contained in a bin

Type of:
the quantity that a container will hold

v 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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