Definitions for binaryˈbaɪ nə ri, -nɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bi•na•ryˈbaɪ nə ri, -nɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. (adj.)consisting of, indicating, or involving two.

  2. of or pertaining to a system of numerical notation to the base 2, in which each place of a number, expressed as 0 or 1, corresponds to a power of 2. of or pertaining to the digits or numbers used in binary notation. of or pertaining to a binary system.

    Category: Math

  3. noting a chemical compound containing only two elements or groups, as sodium chloride or methyl bromide.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. of, pertaining to, or involving a relationship between two alternatives existing in opposition to each other.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Common Vocabulary

  5. (n.)a whole composed of two.

  6. Category: Astronomy

    Ref: binary star.

  7. Also called bi′nary num′ber. a number expressed in the binary system of notation.

    Category: Math

Origin of binary:

1350–1400; ME < LL bīnārius

Princeton's WordNet

  1. binary star, binary, double star(noun)

    a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation

  2. binary, binary program(adj)

    a pre-compiled, pre-linked program that is ready to run under a given operating system; a binary for one operating system will not run on a different operating system

    "the same source code can be compiled to produce different binaries for different operating systems"

  3. binary(adj)

    of or pertaining to a number system have 2 as its base

    "a binary digit"

  4. binary(adj)

    consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms)

    "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"


  1. binary(Noun)

    The bijective base-2 numeral system, which uses only the digits 0 and 1.

  2. binary(Noun)

    An executable computer file.

  3. binary(Noun)

    A star system consisting of only two stars.

  4. binary(Adjective)

    Being in a state of one of two mutually exclusive conditions such as on or off, true or false, presence or absence of a signal.

    Binary states are often abstracted as 1 and 0 in computer science.

  5. binary(Adjective)

    Concerning logic whose subject matter concerns binary states.

  6. binary(Adjective)

    Concerning numbers and calculations using the binary number system.

  7. binary(Adjective)

    Having two equally important parts; related to something with two parts.

  8. binary(Adjective)

    Of an operation, function, procedure or logic gate, taking exactly one operand, argument, parameter or input; having domain of dimension 2.

    Division of reals is a binary operation.

  9. binary(Adjective)

    Of data, consisting of arbitrary values; that is, not interpretable as plain or ASCII text.

    He downloaded the binary distribution for Linux, then burned it to DVD.

  10. Origin: From binarius, from bini.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Binary(adj)

    compounded or consisting of two things or parts; characterized by two (things)

  2. Binary(noun)

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


  1. Binary

    Binary is a techno-thriller novel written by Michael Crichton in 1972 under the pen-name John Lange. Michael Crichton also directed Pursuit, a TV-Movie version. The story of both the book and the film revolve around a deadly nerve agent composed by combining two different chemicals.

Translations for binary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the system of writing and calculating with numbers which uses only two digits (0 and 1) and has 2 as a base (101 = 1 four, 0 twos, 1 unit = 5).

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