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

Definition of BINARY

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

First Known Use of BINARY

15th century

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adjective

: 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
:  compounded or consisting of or marked by two things or parts
2
a :  duple —used of measure or rhythm
b :  having two musical subjects or two complementary sections
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
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
:  relating two logical or mathematical elements <a binary operation>
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

Related to BINARY

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

binary

adjective bi·na·ry \ˈbī-nə-rē, -ˌner-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BINARY

1
:  compounded or consisting of or marked by two things or parts
2
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)
May 26, 2015
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