- consisting of three different elements or groups.
- (formerly) consisting of three atoms.
noun, plural ter·na·ries.
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Example sentences from the Web for ternary
No ternary verses are found in Mirèio, that is, verses that fall into three equal parts.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
It may occur in lines of any length; but in lines of five or six syllables the binary and ternary movements are generally mingled.
Many ternary lines of five and six syllables are found, but they are almost invariably mingled with binary lines.
The Spanish ternary 12-syllable line was formerly used chiefly in combination with lines of ten or eleven syllables.
Rarely one finds 6-syllable and 9-syllable lines with regular ternary movement, and these are probably never of popular origin.
British Dictionary definitions for ternary
- (of a number system) to the base three
- involving or containing three variables