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. 4.
[Statistics] each of a series of ranges of numerical value into which data are sorted in statistical analysis.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1.
‹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.