Boolean

adjective
Bool·ean | \ ˈbü-lē-ən \

Definition of Boolean 

: of, relating to, or being a logical combinatorial system (such as Boolean algebra) that represents symbolically relationships (such as those implied by the logical operators AND, OR, and NOT) between entities (such as sets, propositions, or on-off computer circuit elements) Boolean expression Boolean search strategy for information retrieval

First Known Use of Boolean

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Boolean

George Boole †1864 English mathematician

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The first known use of Boolean was in 1851

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