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binary adj
1 of or pertaining to a number system have 2 as its base; "a binary digit"
2 consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms) or based on two; "a binary star is a system in which two stars revolve around each other"; "a binary compound"; "the binary number system has two as its base" n : a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation [syn: binary star, double star]

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  1. Being in a state of one of two mutually exclusive conditions, such as on or off, true or false, 6 or not 6, or the presence or absence of an electrical pulse.
    Binary states are often abstracted as 1 and 0 in computer science.
  2. Concerning logic whose subject matter concerns binary states.
  3. In the context of "arithmetic|computing": Concerning numbers and mathematical calculations using the binary number system.
  4. Having two equally important parts.
    binary star
    binary poison
  5. Related to something with two parts.
    A binary distribution is a statistical distribution with only two categories.
  6. : Refers to data consisting of arbitrary values, as opposed to that which can be interpreted as plain or ASCII text.
    He downloaded the binary distribution for Linux, then burned it to DVD.




on or off
logic states
  • Dutch: binair, binaire
  • Finnish: binäärinen
  • French: binaire
  • Greek: δυαδικός
  • Italian: binario, binaria
  • Russian: двоичный
using binary number system
equal importance
having two parts
  • ttbc Persian: (dodoi)
  • Russian:
    Academic: двоичный
    IT slang: бинарный


binary (plural binaries)
  1. In the context of "mathematics|computing": (uncountable) The base-2 number system, which uses only the digits 0 and 1.
  2. An executable computer file.
  3. A star system consisting of only two stars.



number system
executable computer file
  • Czech: binárka

Extensive Definition

Binary means composed of two parts or two pieces. It contrasts with Unary, Ternary, Quaternary, and so on.
Binary may also refer to:

See also

binary in German: Binär
binary in French: Binaire
binary in Galician: Binario
binary in Korean: 이진
binary in Hebrew: בינארי
binary in Norwegian: Binær
binary in Portuguese: Binário
binary in Albanian: Binarët
binary in Ukrainian: Бінарний

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Janus-like, ambidextrous, bifacial, bifold, biform, bilateral, binate, biparous, bivalent, conduplicate, disomatous, double, double-barreled, double-faced, dual, dualistic, duple, duplex, duplicate, geminate, geminated, second, secondary, twin, twinned, two-faced, two-level, two-ply, two-sided, two-story, twofold
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