binary tree

noun

Definition of binary tree

computing
: a network in which each node has no more than two subordinate nodes She talks about binary trees, Hercules cutting off the heads of a mythical hydra (each severed neck grows two new heads, which is the essence of a binary tree) …— Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2011

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Binary tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binary%20tree. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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