What does binary mean?

Definitions for binaryˈbaɪ nə ri, -nɛr i

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Binary

    bī′nar-i, adj. composed of two: twofold.—adjs. Bī′nate, growing in pairs: double; Binaur′al, having two ears: needing the use of both ears.—Binary scale (math.), the scale of notation whose radix or base is 2 (instead of 10); Binary theory (chem.), that which assumes all salts to contain merely two substances, either both simple, or one simple and the other a compound playing the part of a simple body. [L. binariusbini, two by two—bis, twice.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of binary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of binary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve King:

    This has now become a binary decision, either you're from Donald Trump, or your vote needs to be Cruz.

  2. Charlie Northrup:

    Men can wear dresses, women can wear suits, and non-binary people are free to define the outfits that feel most appropriate to them in a formal setting.

  3. Jennifer Rupp:

    Unlike a transistor, which is based on binary codes, a memristor can have multi-levels. You could have several states, let's say zero, one half, one quarter, one third, and so on, and that gives us a very powerful new perspective on how our computers may develop in the future.

  4. Saida Caballero-Nieves:

    There have been suggestions that these monsters result from the merger of less extreme stars in close binary systems, from what we know about the frequency of massive mergers, this scenario can’t account for all the really massive stars that we see in R136, so it would appear that such stars can originate from the star formation process.

  5. John Hannah:

    In the minds of a lot of people, U.S. national security and foreign policy has been reduced to either 'do nothing' or 'we go in alone with 200,000 troops,' and I just think that's not the history of American foreign policy, there are almost always more options available to secure our interests than simply that binary choice of doing nothing or doing everything.

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