bin /bɪn / ‹Brit.›


I. noun

1. a receptacle in which to deposit rubbish.
2. [with modifier] a capacious receptacle for storing a specified substance

a compost bin.
3. a partitioned stand for storing bottles of wine.
[Statistics] each of a series of ranges of numerical value into which data are sorted in statistical analysis.
II. verb [with obj.]

‹informal› throw (something) away by putting it in a bin

piles of junk that should have been binned years ago.
2. discard or reject

the whole idea had to be binned.
3. ( bin someone off)
‹informal› end a relationship with someone

she was a bit weird so I binned her off.
4. store (something, especially wine) in a bin.

paint on the bottles indicated which way up they should be binned.
[Statistics] group together (data) in bins.
– origin 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 cent.

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