binary system

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  1. a system involving only two elements, as 0 and 1 or yes and no.

  2. Mathematics. a system of counting or measurement whose units are powers of two.: Compare binary (def. 2a).

  1. Astronomy. binary star.

Origin of binary system

First recorded in 1825–35
  • Also called dyadic system (for defs. 1, 2).

Words Nearby binary system Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use binary system in a sentence

  • Two centuries ago the distinguished philosopher and mathematician, Leibnitz, proposed a binary system of numeration.

    The Number Concept | Levi Leonard Conant
  • It is not known that they constitute a binary system, because no certain evidence of motion has been obtained.

    Pleasures of the telescope | Garrett Serviss
  • The close pair is a binary system with a long period of revolution, estimated at about two hundred years.

    Pleasures of the telescope | Garrett Serviss
  • The star 70 Ophiuchi (fig. 3) may be regarded as typical of a binary system.

  • It is virtually certain that RR Centauri is a case of an eclipsing binary system, and that the two stars are close together.

    Darwin and Modern Science | A.C. Seward and Others