two's complement

noun

Definition of two's complement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the negative of a binary number represented by switching all ones to zeros and all zeros to ones and then adding one to the result

two's company, three's a crowd

idiom

Definition of two's company, three's a crowd (Entry 2 of 2)

used to say that a third person is not welcome when two people (such as two lovers) want to be alone with each otherWell, I'll leave you two lovebirds alone. Two's company, three's a crowd.

First Known Use of two's complement

Noun

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Two's complement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two's. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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