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binary

[ bahy-nuh-ree, -ner-ee ]
/ ˈbaɪ nə ri, -nɛr i /
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adjective
noun, plural bi·na·ries.
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Origin of binary

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin bīnārius, equivalent to bīn(ī) (see bin-) + -ārius-ary

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH binary

binary , bindery
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British Dictionary definitions for binary

binary
/ (ˈbaɪnərɪ) /

adjective
noun plural -ries

Word Origin for binary

C16: from Late Latin bīnārius; see bin-
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Medical definitions for binary

binary
[ bīnə-rē ]

adj.
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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Scientific definitions for binary

binary
[ bīnə-rē ]

Having two parts.
Mathematics Based on the number 2 or the binary number system.
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Cultural definitions for binary

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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