• enPR: bĭn, IPA: /bɪn/, /bin/
  • (Canada, British, Aus) IPA: /bɪn/
  • homophones en (NZ), been (America, RP) IPA: /bɪn/

bin (plural bins)

  1. A box, frame, crib, or enclosed place, used as a storage container.
    a corn bin; a wine bin; a coal bin
    • 1852-1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House
      Though a hard-grained man, close, dry, and silent, he can enjoy old wine with the best. He has a priceless bin of port in some artful cellar under the Fields, which is one of his many secrets.
  2. A container for rubbish or waste.
    a rubbish bin; a wastepaper bin; an ashes bin
  3. (statistics) Any of the discrete intervals in a histogram, etc
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bin (bins, present participle binning; past and past participle binned)

  1. (chiefly, British, informal) To dispose of (something) by putting it into a bin, or as if putting it into a bin.
    • 2008, Tom Holt, Falling Sideways, Orbit books, ISBN 1-84149-110-1, p. 28
      He put the bank statement in the shoebox marked "Bank Statements" and binned the rest.
  2. (British, informal) To throw away, reject, give up.
    • 2002, Christopher Harvie, Scotland: A Short History, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-210054-8, p. 59 ↗
      This splendid eloquence was promptly binned by the pope, […]
    • 2005, Ian Oliver, War and peace in the Balkans: the diplomacy of conflict in the former Yugoslavia, I.B. Tauris, ISBN 1-850438-89-7, p. 238 ↗
      The CC [Co-ordinating Centre] had long since binned the idea of catching the regular shuttle service, […]
  3. (statistics) To convert continuous data into discrete groups.
  4. (transitive) To place into a bin for storage.
    to bin wine
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  1. (in Arabic names) son of; equivalent to Hebrew בן.
  1. (obsolete, dialectal and text messaging) Alternative form of been
    • 1669, Christopher Merrett, letter to Thomas Browne
      Many of the lupus piscis I have seen, and have bin informed by the king's fishmonger they are taken on our coast […]

bin (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Clipping of binary#English|binary.

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