from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A container or enclosed space for storage.
  • transitive v. To place or store in a bin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Contraction of being
  • n. A container used for storage.
  • n. A container for rubbish or waste.
  • v. To dispose of (something) by putting it into a bin, or as if putting it into a bin.
  • v. To throw away, reject, give up.
  • v. To convert continuous data into discrete groups.
  • n. son of; equivalent to Hebrew בן (ben).
  • n. A short form of binary
  • v. Alternative form of been.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An old form of be and been.
  • n. A box, frame, crib, or inclosed place, used as a receptacle for any commodity.
  • transitive v. To put into a bin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into or store in a bin: as, to bin liquor.
  • Within; inside.
  • Of place, within; inside of; in.
  • Of time, within; during.
  • A shortened form of been, past participle, and obsolete infinitive and present indicative plural, of be. Bin is the ordinary pronunciation in the United States of the past participle been.
  • n. A box or inclosed place used as a repository for any commodity: as, a corn-bin; a coal-bin.
  • n. One of the open subdivisions of a cellar for the reception of wine-bottles.
  • n. Also spelled binn.
  • n. A heap or pile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quantity contained in a bin
  • n. an identification number consisting of a two-part code assigned to banks and savings associations; the first part shows the location and the second identifies the bank itself
  • v. store in bins
  • n. a container; usually has a lid


Middle English binne, from Old English, probably of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English binne 'crib', from West Germanic, from Gaulish benna 'four-wheeled cart; caisson' (compare Old Irish buinne, Welsh benn 'cart', Old Breton benn 'caisson'). (Wiktionary)
From Arabic بن (ben, bin). (Wiktionary)
Contraction of being (Wiktionary)
Contraction of been (Wiktionary)
Short for binary. (Wiktionary)



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