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a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like.
to store in a bin.
a combining form meaning “two,” “two at a time,” used in the formation of compound words:
binary; binocular.
Contemporary Examples

Can Zawahri Revive al Qaeda? Art Keller May 13, 2011
How I Hid Salman Rushdie During the Fatwa Geoffrey Robertson February 8, 2009
How Obama Got Bin Laden: A Detailed Account From ‘Showdown’ by David Corn David Corn April 28, 2012
The 9/11 Attacks’ Spiritual Father Bruce Riedel September 10, 2011
The Return of Rev. Wright Michael Tomasky May 16, 2012

Historical Examples

Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
Slave Narratives, Oklahoma Various
The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
My Lady of the North Randall Parrish

a large container or enclosed space for storing something in bulk, such as coal, grain, or wool
Also called bread bin. a small container for bread
Also called dustbin, rubbish bin. a container for litter, rubbish, etc

a storage place for bottled wine
one particular bottling of wine

verb bins, binning, binned
(transitive) to store in a bin
(transitive) to put in a wastepaper bin
a variant, esp before a vowel, of bi-1 binocular


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