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noun bi·na·ry \ˈbī-nə-rē, -ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē\

Definition of binary

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binaries

  1. :  something made of or based on two things or parts: as a :  binary star b :  a binary number system



15th Century

First Known Use of binary

15th century


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adjective bi·na·ry

Simple Definition of binary

  • : relating to or consisting of two things or parts

  • : relating to or involving a method of calculating and of representing information especially in computers by using the numbers 0 and 1

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of binary

  1. 1 :  compounded or consisting of or marked by two things or parts

  2. 2 a :  duple —used of measure or rhythm b :  having two musical subjects or two complementary sections

  3. 3 a :  relating to, being, or belonging to a system of numbers having 2 as its base <the binary digits 0 and 1> b :  involving a choice or condition of two alternatives (as on-off or yes-no)

  4. 4 a :  composed of two chemical elements, an element and a radical that acts as an element, or two such radicals b :  utilizing two harmless ingredients that upon combining form a lethal substance (as a gas) <binary weapons>

  5. 5 :  relating two logical or mathematical elements <a binary operation>

  6. 6 :  of or relating to the use of stable oppositions (as good and evil) to analyze a subject or create a structural model <the binary opposition of male and female — Joan W. Scott>

Examples of binary in a sentence

  1. <a binary star is a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation>



Did You Know?

The animals went in two by two, the elephant and the kangaroo. . .. It was a binary parade of sorts that went into Noah's ark "for to get out of the rain" - the critters were represented in pairs. If you recall those partnered beasts, you'll remember the etymology of binary, because it traces to the Latin bini, which translates as "two by two." Although "binary" can be used for anything with two parts, it is now used especially in relation to computers and information processing. Digital computers use the binary number system, which includes only the digits 0 and 1, to process even complex data. In binary form, for instance, the word HELLO looks like this: 1001000 1000101 1001100 1001100 1001111.

Origin and Etymology of binary

Late Latin binarius, from Latin bini two by two — more at bin-


First Known Use: 1597

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BINARY Defined for Kids

binary

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adjective bi·na·ry \ˈbī-nə-rē\

Definition of binary for Students

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a number system with a base of 2 <The two binary digits are 0 and 1.>




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binary

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adjective bi·na·ry \ˈbī-nə-rē, -ˌner-ē\

Medical Definition of binary

  1. 1:  compounded or consisting of or marked by two things or parts

  2. 2a:  composed of two chemical elements, an element and a radical that acts as an element, or two such radicalsb:  utilizing two harmless ingredients that upon combining form a lethal substance (as a gas)




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