- a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like.
verb (used with object), binned, bin·ning.
- to store in a bin.
- 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 or binned
- (tr) to store in a bin
- (tr) to put in a wastepaper bin
“receptacle,” Old English binne “basket, manger, crib,” probably from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *benna, akin to Welsh benn “a cart,” especially one with a woven wicker body. The same Celtic word seems to be preserved in Italian benna “dung cart,” French benne “grape-gatherer’s creel,” Dutch benne “large basket,” all from Late Latin benna “cart,” Medieval Latin benna “basket.” Some linguists think there was a Germanic form parallel to the Celtic one.