Meaning of BINARY in English

BINARY

/buy"neuh ree, -ner ee/ , adj., n., pl. binaries .

adj.

1. consisting of, indicating, or involving two.

2. Math.

a. of or pertaining to a system of numerical notation to the base 2, in which each place of a number, expressed as 0 or 1, corresponds to a power of 2. The decimal number 58 appears as 111010 in binary notation, since 58 = 1 × 2 5 + 1 × 2 4 + 1 × 2 3 + 0 × 2 2 + 1 × 2 1 + 0 × 2 0 .

b. of or pertaining to the digits or numbers used in binary notation.

c. of or pertaining to a binary system.

d. (of an operation) assigning a third quantity to two given quantities, as in the addition of two numbers.

3. Chem. noting a compound containing only two elements or groups, as sodium chloride, methyl bromide, or methyl hydroxide.

4. Metall. (of an alloy) having two principal constituents.

n.

5. a whole composed of two.

6. Astron. See binary star .

7. Also called binary number . Math. a number expressed in the binary system of notation.

[ 1350-1400; ME binarius, equiv. to bin ( i ) (see BIN-) + -arius -ARY ]

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