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

Definition of binary

plural bi·na·ries

  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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binary

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

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

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



Origin of binary

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


First Known Use: 1597

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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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