Meaning of BINARY in English


adj. & n.


1. a dual. b of or involving pairs.

2 of the arithmetical system using 2 as a base.

--n. (pl. -ies)

1. something having two parts.

2 a binary number.

3 a binary star.

Phrases and idioms:

binary code Computing a coding system using the binary digits 0 and

1. to represent a letter, digit, or other character in a computer (see BCD). binary compound Chem. a compound having two elements or radicals. binary fission the division of a cell or organism into two parts. binary number (or digit) one of two digits (usu. 0 or 1) in a binary system of notation. binary star a system of two stars orbiting each other.

binary system a system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and

1. (corresponding to 'off' and 'on' in computing). binary tree a data structure in which a record is branched to the left when greater and to the right when less than the previous record.

Etymology: LL binarius f. bini two together

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.