consisting of, indicating, or involving two.
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.
Computers. of, relating to, or written in binary code; programmed or encoded using only the digits 0 and 1: All executable programs on the computer are stored in binary files.
Chemistry. noting a compound containing only two elements or groups, as sodium chloride, methyl bromide, or methyl hydroxide.
Metallurgy. (of an alloy) having two principal constituents.
a whole composed of two.
Mathematics. 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: to convert decimal to binary.
- binary , bindery
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How to use binary in a sentence
It’s interested in the time she spends crossing the barrier between gender binaries.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
A small percentage declined to state or identified as non-binary.More than 70% of SEOs in the U.S. are men, make more than female colleagues | Greg Sterling | August 24, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Each pixel received a binary 1 or 0 depending on whether or not it contained part of the image.
She found herself forced to explain an entirely different social world by relying only on the binary categories of female and male that she knew from her own society.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Charles King | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
Instead of using traditional binary code, which represents information with 0s and 1s, they use quantum bits, or qubits.The quest for quantum-proof encryption just made a leap forward | Patrick O'Neill | August 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
And it is difficult to object to same-sex marriage when so many binary-defying unions have already taken place.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A little astronomical forensics suggests that these objects used to be a binary: two stars in mutual orbit.
On this principle is founded the admirable binary nomenclature of botany and zoology.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
This is illustrated by the two cylinders of the compound engine and by the duplication noticed in the binary engine.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine | Robert H. Thurston
The family system is a combination of the solar and the binary systems.A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
binary or multiple stars, which are extraordinarily numerous.Climatic Changes | Ellsworth Huntington
Sonata-form, as will be shown later on, has been evolved from old binary form.The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
British Dictionary definitions for binary
composed of, relating to, or involving two; dual
maths computing of, relating to, or expressed in binary notation or binary code
(of a compound or molecule) containing atoms of two different elements
metallurgy (of an alloy) consisting of two components or phases
(of an educational system) consisting of two parallel forms of education such as the grammar school and the secondary modern in Britain
maths logic (of a relation, expression, or operation) applying to two elements of its domain; having two argument places; dyadic
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Scientific definitions for binary
Having two parts.
Mathematics Based on the number 2 or the binary number system.
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Cultural definitions for binary
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.
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