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. The Kentucky senator:

    But what does a binary choice mean? His way or the highway. he will not have the votes.

  2. Steve King:

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

  3. Sarah Zatko:

    Source code is the theory, while binary is the practice. It makes a huge difference in how secure the actual product is.

  4. 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.

  5. Lex Van Dam:

    Brexit is becoming a lot more likely than initially expected and the market is indeed becoming more fearful. It is very much a binary event and until then buying dips and selling rallies seems the sensible idea.

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