binary system


noun

a system involving only two elements, as 0 and 1 or yes and no.
Mathematics. a system of counting or measurement whose units are powers of two.Compare binary(def 2a).
Astronomy. binary star.

Nearby words

  1. binary number system,
  2. binary operation,
  3. binary opposition,
  4. binary pulsar,
  5. binary star,
  6. binary weapon,
  7. binary-coded decimal,
  8. binary-coded decimal system,
  9. binasal hemianopsia,
  10. binate

Origin of binary system

First recorded in 1825–35

Also called dyadic system (for defs 1, 2).

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