- of or relating 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 × 25 + 1 × 24 + 1 × 23 + 0 × 22 + 1 × 21 + 0 × 20.
- of or relating to the digits or numbers used in binary notation.
- of or relating to a binary system.
- (of an operation) assigning a third quantity to two given quantities, as in the addition of two numbers.
noun, plural bi·na·ries.
- bin liner,
- binary cell,
- binary code,
- binary coded decimal,
- binary color,
- binary digit
Origin of binary
Examples from the Web for binary
And this, in turn, reinforced the religious vision of a God-given binary.
She acts as a sort of lie detector, but proceeds through elegant narrative rather than binary test.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A little astronomical forensics suggests that these objects used to be a binary: two stars in mutual orbit.
Many stars are in binary systems, locked in mutual orbit with another star.The Hypervelocity Star That’s Being Booted from the Galaxy|Matthew R. Francis|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Includes people who do not identify within the binary gender system (i.e., man/woman).What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means|Debby Herbenick PhD, Aleta Baldwin|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But till these binary stars were discovered we had no means of guessing that this law had any force beyond our own solar system.
The repetition was a survival from the old dance movements in binary form.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
But "binary" stars are actually moving in one system, and revolve round each other as our earth moves round the sun.
This is a binary star of which the orbit plane passes nearly through the earth.Astronomical Curiosities|J. Ellard Gore
The nomenclature of acids follows the same general lines as that for binary compounds.
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for binary
"dual," mid-15c., from Late Latin binarius "consisting of two," from bini "twofold, two apiece, two-by-two" (used especially of matched things), from bis "double" (see bis-). Binary code in computer terminology was in use by 1952, though the idea itself is ancient. Binary star in astronomy is from 1802.
Anything composed of two parts. In modern computers, information is stored in banks of components that act like switches. Since switches can be either on or off, they have a binary character, and we say that the computer uses “binary arithmetic” to do its work.