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  1. a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like.
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verb (used with object), binned, bin·ning.
  1. to store in a bin.
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Origin of bin

before 950; Middle English binne, Old English binn(e) crib, perhaps < Celtic; compare Welsh benn cart
Related formsun·binned, adjective
Can be confusedbean been Ben bin
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Historical Examples

  • Up to that period, since leaving Yarmouth, Binning had lain flat on his back.

    The Lively Poll

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The sudden approach and rapid advance of the Spring, says Mr. Binning, are very striking.

  • Then across the strip of moonlit, to sleep my lone, under the hospitable teak roof-trees of "a Binning!"

  • George, hearing of this through a common friend, cordially responds, and Richard is invited to spend a few weeks at Binning Hall.

    Crabbe, (George)

    Alfred Ainger

  • These marked the first recognition of binning as a way of storing wines in bottles laid on their sides.

British Dictionary definitions for binning


  1. a large container or enclosed space for storing something in bulk, such as coal, grain, or wool
  2. Also called: bread bin a small container for bread
  3. Also called: dustbin, rubbish bin a container for litter, rubbish, etc
  4. British
    1. a storage place for bottled wine
    2. one particular bottling of wine
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verb bins, binning or binned
  1. (tr) to store in a bin
  2. (tr) to put in a wastepaper bin
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Word Origin

Old English binne basket, probably of Celtic origin; related to bindan to bind
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Word Origin and History for binning



"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.

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