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**binary**| binary arithmetic operation | binary code | binary compound | binary digit | binary file

# binary

## CIDE DICTIONARY

**binary**, a. [L.

*binarius*, fr.

*bini*two by two, two at a time, fr. root of

*bis*twice; akin to E.

*two*: cf. F.

*binaire*.].

Compounded or consisting of two things or parts; characterized by two (things). [

*1913 Webster*]**Binary arithmetic**,

*Davies & Peck.*--

**Binary compound**

*(Chem.)*,

**Binary logarithms**,

**Binary measure**

*(Mus.)*,

**Binary nomenclature**

*(Nat. Hist.)*,

**Binary scale**

*(Arith.)*,

**Binary star**

*(Astron.)*,

**Binary theory**

*(Chem.)*,

**binary**, n.

That which is constituted of two figures, things, or parts; two; duality.

*Fotherby.*[*1913 Webster*]## OXFORD DICTIONARY

**binary**, adj. & n.

--adj.

1 a dual. b of or involving pairs.

2 of the arithmetical system using 2 as a base.

--n. (pl. -ies)

1 something having two parts.

2 a binary number.

3 a binary star.

Idiom

binary code Computing a coding system using the binary digits 0 and

1 to represent a letter, digit, or other character in a computer (see BCD). binary compound Chem. a compound having two elements or radicals. binary fission the division of a cell or organism into two parts. binary number (or digit) one of two digits (usu. 0 or 1) in a binary system of notation. binary star a system of two stars orbiting each other.

binary system a system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and

1 (corresponding to 'off' and 'on' in computing). binary tree a data structure in which a record is branched to the left when greater and to the right when less than the previous record.

1 to represent a letter, digit, or other character in a computer (see BCD). binary compound Chem. a compound having two elements or radicals. binary fission the division of a cell or organism into two parts. binary number (or digit) one of two digits (usu. 0 or 1) in a binary system of notation. binary star a system of two stars orbiting each other.

binary system a system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and

1 (corresponding to 'off' and 'on' in computing). binary tree a data structure in which a record is branched to the left when greater and to the right when less than the previous record.

Etymology

LL binarius f. bini two together

## THESAURUS

**binary**

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
## ROGET THESAURUS

**binary**

### Duality

**N**duality, dualism, duplicity, biplicity, biformity, polarity, two, deuce, couple, duet, brace, pair, cheeks, twins, Castor and Pollux, gemini, Siamese twins, fellows, yoke, conjugation, dispermy, doublets, dyad, span, two, twin, dual, dualistic, double, binary, binomial, twin, biparous, dyadic, conduplicate, duplex, biduous, binate, diphyletic, dispermic, unijugate, tete-a-tete, coupled, conjugate, both, both the one and the other.

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