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 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, "For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42," 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, "Meet GW190521—a black-hole merger for the record books," 2 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, "Meet GW190521—a black-hole merger for the record books," 2 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, "Meet GW190521—a black-hole merger for the record books," 2 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, "Meet GW190521—a black-hole merger for the record books," 2 Sep. 2020 In this case, it was caused by two black holes in a binary system that had started out orbiting each other but gradually spiraled together and eventually converged into a single massive hole. Martin Rees, Scientific American, "How Astronomers Revolutionized Our View of the Cosmos," 18 Aug. 2020 The cyclical nature of these events suggests maybe they're linked to a binary system, where one object circles another, but more research is needed. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Creepy Cosmic Radio Burst Repeats Every 157 Days. Where Is It Coming From?," 8 June 2020 Sometimes pulsars are part of what's called an accreting neutron star binary system. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Astronomers Just Watched a Dead Star Eat Its Neighbor, Which Is Pretty Sick," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of binary system

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Binary system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binary%20system. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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