Meaning of bin in English:


Pronunciation /bɪn/

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  • 1A receptacle in which to deposit rubbish.

    ‘Bin wagons, rubbish bins and boxes are all in line for a major shake-up to smooth the way for kerbside recycling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On your next visit to the supermarket take excess packaging and deposit in the rubbish bins in the store car park.’
    • ‘That amounts to 1500 tonnes of glass, plastic, paper and cans going into recycling bins rather than rubbish bags.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition one resident actually had somebody put a sack of rubbish in their bin when they had it left out for collection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was he planning on using one of the empty bottles in the bin to store some chemicals?’
    • ‘Last week I left several glass wine bottles in my green bin along with paper and cardboard.’
    • ‘He tossed the little wooden stick in the recycling bin and stood up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christmas cards can be taken along to Tesco or WH Smith, where recycling bins will stand in all their York stores.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    1. 1.1with modifier A capacious receptacle for storing a specified substance.
      ‘a compost bin’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The scheme is designed to encourage residents to take part in council schemes, which include a compost bin offer and nappy laundering services.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I survey the space where we're standing, shelves and bins of different components.’
      • ‘Children can sort through the manageable bins without standing on tiptoes or upsetting a whole shelf.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The stores were decorated with bins of coffee beans, photos of coffee trees, and shelves of gleaming coffee paraphernalia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Check the dollar stores for plastic bins, baskets and containers.’
      • ‘It's carried to market, stored, arranged in bins, cooked, brought to the table, and eaten.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Using separate bins to store boarders' grain helps track the number of sacks you use.’
      • ‘A big stand of grain bins; they are scowling at the wind, each of 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.’
      • ‘Each bin can store one type of otherwise homeless stuff.’
      • ‘Each bin stores a particular variety of packaged multiple-dose pharmaceutical.’
      • ‘Use large colorful stackable plastic bins to store toys, linens, out of season clothes and decorations, etc.’
      • ‘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.’
      container, receptacle, holder
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    2. 1.2A partitioned stand for storing bottles of wine.
      ‘If you're wagering your hard-earned six bucks on an Uzbeki Pinot from a wine bin don't expect the earth to move when you drink it.’
      • ‘This usually entails storing the bottles horizontally, ideally in a wine rack so that individual bottles can easily be extracted, or in a bin full of wines of the same sort.’
      • ‘Set apart from the shelves of local stock, like aliens at an airport, a bin boldly featured wines from California.’
      • ‘Look out for the bargain bin of superb wines in the bar.’
      • ‘Just as it turned dark we discovered the wine bin was bare so we hopped down to replenish our stocks.’
      • ‘I know a lot about wine, but there are 1,000 bins on the Gordon Ramsay list and at least a third of the producers are people I've never heard of.’
      • ‘I was a little embarrassed, so I bought a bottle out of the bargain bin and I'll be damned if the thing was nearly impossible to get open.’
      • ‘The better design is a mixture of bins and bottle-deep shelves with a few 12-bottle waisthigh racks.’
      framework, frame, stand, holder, shelf, form, trestle, support, bin, box, bunker, container, structure
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  • 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.’
    • ‘Ogilvie et al. divided trials into quartile bins based on the distribution of reaction time latencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For clarity of presentation, values were grouped in bins and distances >100 km were omitted.’
    • ‘However, the mode of rise times at the second bin of the histogram was suspect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1831, August Ferdinand Möbius put numbers into 3 bins, as a new type of function.’
    • ‘Plotted is the maximum bin length value averaged over 50 simulated populations.’
    • ‘The bin analysis moved forward point-to-point to calculate means and variances.’
    • ‘To do this, each distribution was binned and compared to a reference distribution given by the average value in each bin.’
    • ‘Mean values and 95% confidence intervals for F are plotted against mean density values for each bin.’
    • ‘A major disadvantage has been that it is not straightforward to construct a histogram with log bins when the original data have been digitized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All other markers are subsequently placed in the bin into which they best fit by statistical procedures without perturbing the overall map order.’
    • ‘The range of each bin varied such that each one contained 1/9 of the positions.’
    • ‘Categorizing into bins is labor intensive with inevitable arbitrariness that may vary between laboratories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘FIG. 3. - Average ECI values for genes in different bins of expression breadth.’

verbverb bins, verb binning, verb binned

[with object]British
  • 1 informal Throw (something) away by putting it in a bin.

    • ‘piles of junk that should have been binned years ago’
    • ‘Teachers in Bradford schools could help by teaching their pupils to bin rubbish instead of throwing it on the verges and pavements.’
    • ‘This means you could be using a dodgy foundation that should have been binned months ago or throwing out a lipstick that still had a lot of life left in it.’
    • ‘Nicole Avery bins her last pack of cigarettes, watched by the Carlton Clinic's Dr Andrew Bathie.’
    • ‘Manchester city is one of the worst offenders, with each resident binning an average of 627 kg of waste a year - nearly twice the national average.’
    • ‘Actually it arrived the other day but it looked like junk mail and something made me actually open the envelope instead of just ripping it in half and binning it, which was my first instinct’
    • ‘Well, apart from the inconvenience of the monthly trip to Foss Islands, it takes minutes to wash tins and glasses instead of binning them, which means our bin is never more than half full.’
    • ‘In our house, a clear-out involves binning the odd pair of tights with more ladders than Bob The Builder, or removing a bunch of long-dead flowers from a vase.’
    • ‘If his colleagues on the European Tour believe binning his good luck letter prior to the Ryder Cup is acceptable behaviour, that says more about them than him.’
    • ‘Maybe, for you, this piece of wisdom was cheap at £26, but binning the stuff in the first place would have been cheaper still.’
    • ‘The final task of the day was digging the latest crop of cat poo out of the bark chips, bagging and binning it and scattering coffee grounds to mask the smell from the evil cats.’
    • ‘The HDRA is running an autumn campaign to encourage gardeners to make leafmould instead of burning or binning their garden leaves.’
    • ‘A surveillance operation was mounted, and the defendant was caught binning both packages, which had been placed back in his bag.’
    • ‘Cleaners at Airedale Hospital are binning their old mops and buckets as they step up the drive against infection.’
    • ‘The men have to get a balance between recycling and binning the whole lot.’
    • ‘In the accompanying text, they had introduced themselves as ‘ordinary English people’ (at least I think so, I binned their leaflets almost immediately).’
    • ‘He bought a replacement for 85 quid, binned it after two rounds and then got his original delivered to him in Aberdeen.’
    • ‘Publishers spend a fortune producing big, heavily staffed magazines, slap a CD on the cover and, normally, the CD secures the sale and the magazine is binned largely unread.’
    • ‘The ‘winning’ quote came from a firm whose phone number was suspiciously similar to the agents' London office. We binned it, and opted to do the work ourselves.’
    • ‘I'm refreshed, having binned the offending pants.’
    • ‘I went through it all and found this product, and took it off the shelves straight away and binned it.’
    1. 1.1Discard or reject.
      ‘the whole idea had to be binned’
      • ‘Hence the string of television programmes that have been commissioned of late showing people binning their PAYE existence, going out on a limb and living by their own wits.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, I'd recently stocked on this stuff and so had to put the case for phasing a new (yet to be announced) brand in rather than binning it all.’
      • ‘Dr Oppenheim said: ‘I think the director dealt with the responses in a very restrained manner when she could have just binned them.’’
      • ‘Last month, the superstar singer was reported to be furious after her husband, the director, binned the scene she appeared in for the final cut of his movie.’
      • ‘This week, to reflect the goodwill supposed to afflict newspapers this season, the Media desk has binned its normal reading in favour of Positive News, The Positive Press and Good News Daily.’
      • ‘The car rental firm watched its shares crash ten per cent yesterday on news that it was binning an expensive new system.’
      • ‘‘I was surprised when he binned me,’ said Peacock, who had another superb game in the second row for the Bulls.’
      • ‘Otley were reduced to 14 players when full-back Kevin Freeman was binned just before half-time and the first 15 minutes of the second-half were more defensive for the home team.’
      • ‘He knows this would be worthless: his own voluntary targets of a 20 percent reduction in Britain's emissions by 2020 were binned with a blush this year.’
      • ‘The lead was extended when former Bulls player Simon Knox was binned for a punch on Phil Stephenson, and Max Tomlinson got his second try in two starts after a superb cut out pass by Rushforth.’
      • ‘Shortly before the break Ferres was binned for alleged interference on the Rhinos' kick chasers and Smith kicked a simple goal to stretch the visitors' lead.’
      • ‘It described the project rather unkindly as ‘an appalling waste of public money’ that should be binned if it wasn't working by the end of the year.’
      • ‘Wing Damien Gibson was binned for holding down Fielden and the Bulls made the short-handed Tigers pay with two late tries.’
      • ‘The feelgood factor, a staple of Hollywood, is binned in favour of emotional truth and the complexities of human nature.’
      • ‘Sikora is right that guidance sent out on its own may be binned.’
      • ‘After the break, James Rushforth got in on the scoring before Doherty was binned to deplete Hunslet further.’
      • ‘After just one year back on the agenda, Friday qualifying has been binned again for 2004.’
      • ‘Any squad strengthening plans based on possible income from Europe had to be binned before the ink was dry on them.’
      • ‘Not that the oppressive, undemocratic, abusive and illegal proposals are to be binned.’
      dispose of, throw away, throw out, get rid of, toss out
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    2. 1.2bin someone off informal End a relationship with someone.
      • ‘she was a bit weird so I binned her off’
      abandon, leave, desert, discard, turn one's back on, cast aside, cast off
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  • 2Store (something, especially wine) in a bin.

    ‘paint on the bottles indicated which way up they should be binned’
    • ‘As binning and storing wine became commonplace during the course of the 18th century, the wine bottle evolved into the cylindrical shape we know today.’
    • ‘The new bottle shape caught the interest of contemporary wine merchants because it was ideal for "binning" wine horizontally in cellars for long periods of time.’
    • ‘Stuart Blackwell, winemaker at reputed Barossa Valley producer St Hallett, cautions that, “a great deal of care is required. There are problems with ‘binning’ wine for storage – the caps can be dented.”’
    • ‘He was early in life set to labour with an uncle, a tavern-keeper in Clerkenwell, under whom he bottled, corked, and binned wine for more than five years.’
  • 3Statistics
    Group together (data) in bins.

    ‘The mean-variance estimates were then binned into a two-dimensional histogram.’
    • ‘The numbers of links to other domains in such graphs were logarithmically binned, and frequencies were thus obtained.’
    • ‘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 measured end-to-end distances and the bend angles were binned in 10% intervals, and graphed as histograms.’
    • ‘The ESTs were binned into clusters with the program Fragment Assembly System (Accelrys).’
    • ‘To do this, each distribution was binned and compared to a reference distribution given by the average value in each bin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each test can include source configurations, measurements, conditional branching, math functions, and pass/fail limit testing with binning capability.’
    • ‘A series of image frames was acquired at intervals of 3 s, with binning pixels 2 × 2, under computer control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 RI lines were binned into genotypic pools to isolate the effects of the major QTL on chromosome 5 while holding the minor QTL constant.’
    • ‘Physical location is plotted relative to a reference genome, and changes are binned into 10-bp regions for plotting’
    • ‘Results were then binned for every 10% change in boundary position and plotted in Fig.3 A.’
    • ‘The relationship between the frequency of cross-bridge occurrence and axial offset was binned at 2-nm resolution.’
    • ‘Corrected data was binned with 5-nm steps along the emission wavelength axis in an appropriate range to reduce data size.’
    • ‘The different aneuploid types were then binned into the same genome content classes used for the progeny of the CCC and CWW triploids.’
    • ‘These observations were binned to a two-dimensional array of size 100 x 100.’
    • ‘The arrival time of consecutive photons is binned (by software) into 1 ms time intervals.’
    • ‘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.’


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.