binary system

noun

Definition of binary system

: binary star also : a similar system containing bodies (such as black holes) other than stars

Examples of binary system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Confirming that there really is a planet in the X-ray binary system is likely to take time. NBC News, 18 Feb. 2021 Their only success was in M51-ULS-1 in the Whirlpool Galaxy, a binary system contains a black hole or neutron star orbiting a companion star with a mass about 20 times that of the Sun. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 They were created in this system when the burst of X-rays from the binary system reflected off of dust clouds scattered across space between the V404 Cygni system and Earth. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Milly Chan, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Every single aspect of who you are constantly being looked at and put in a box in a very binary system. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 19 Aug. 2021 The black hole exists in a binary system with a companion star -- and the black hole's gravity is pulling material away from the star and into a disk around itself. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Milly Chan, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Even retailers who seem to be firmly rooted in a binary system can make change without overhauling their entire model. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2020 In the binary system, or base 2, 42 is written as 101010, which is pretty simple and, incidentally, prompted a few fans to hold parties on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10). Jean-paul Delahaye, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2020 That binary system may have formed in the accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of binary system

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of binary system was in 1802

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“Binary system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binary%20system. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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