- consisting of three different elements or groups.
- (formerly) consisting of three atoms.
noun, plural ter·na·ries.
- terms of trade,
- tern foot,
- ternary form,
- ternary operation,
Origin of ternary
Examples from the Web for ternary
These differ from other Endosporan spores in having invariably a ternary symmetry and constitution (fig. 9).
At the last-mentioned point, the ternary salt with 8H2O is formed.The Phase Rule and Its Applications|Alexander Findlay
Again, as in many Galician songs of this type, the ternary movement of the old arte mayor verse is not strictly regular.Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
Or, when two compounds are known containing the same pair of elements, why must one be binary and the other ternary?Heroes of Science|M. M. Pattison Muir
A salt of a ternary acid is named in accordance with the acid from which it is derived.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
- (of a number system) to the base three
- involving or containing three variables
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for ternary
early 15c., from Late Latin ternarius "consisting of three," from terni "three by three," from ter "thrice," which is related to tres "three" (see three).