# binary

[bahy-nuh-ree, -ner-ee]

- consisting of, indicating, or involving two.
- Mathematics.
- 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.

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- 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.
- Also called binary number. Mathematics. a number expressed in the binary system of notation.
- Computers. binary code.
- Computers. an executable file stored in binary format.
- Astronomy. binary star.

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## Origin of binary^{}

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## Examples from the Web for binary

### Contemporary Examples

#### 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 ImagineTom Arnold-Forster

November 3, 2014

#### 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.

#### Includes people who do not identify within the binary gender system (i.e., man/woman).

What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options MeansDebby Herbenick PhD, Aleta Baldwin

February 15, 2014

### Historical Examples

#### Each pair is apparently a binary; but the period of revolution is unknown.

Pleasures of the telescopeGarrett Serviss

#### It is regarded as a binary of long and as yet unascertained period.

Pleasures of the telescopeGarrett Serviss

#### Antares is probably a binary, although its binary character has not yet been established.

Pleasures of the telescopeGarrett Serviss

#### It is only in the case of binary systems that we can discover the masses of stars at all.

Astronomy of To-dayCecil G. Dolmage

#### The binary coloured systems are not all composed of blue and red suns.

Everyday ObjectsW. H. Davenport Adams

## 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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- something composed of two parts or things
- astronomy See binary star
- short for binary weapon

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## Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin bīnārius; see bin-

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## Word Origin and History for binary

### adj.

"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.

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## binary

(bī′nə-rē)- Characterized by or consisting of two parts or components; twofold.
- Consisting of or containing only molecules having two kinds of atoms.

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## binary

[bī′nə-rē]

- Having two parts.
- Mathematics Based on the number 2 or the binary number system.

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## binary

[(beye-nuh-ree, beye-ner-ee)]

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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