What does binary mean?

Definitions for binary
ˈbaɪ nə ri, -nɛr ibi·na·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. binary star, binary, double starnoun

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

  2. binary, binary programadjective

    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. binaryadjective

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

    "a binary digit"

  4. binaryadjective

    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. binarynoun

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

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  2. binarynoun

    An executable computer file.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  3. binarynoun

    A star system consisting of only two stars.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  4. binaryadjective

    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.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  5. binaryadjective

    Concerning logic whose subject matter concerns binary states.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  6. binaryadjective

    Concerning numbers and calculations using the binary number system.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  7. binaryadjective

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

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  8. binaryadjective

    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.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

  9. binaryadjective

    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.

    Etymology: From binarius, from bini.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Binaryadjective

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

  2. Binarynoun

    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.]

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  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

Examples of binary in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Samson Bonkeabantu Brown:

    I'm keenly aware of how blessed I am to be able to exist in this world being supported by my family in ways that all too often many of my trans brothers, sisters, and siblings who exist outside the binary are not always as fortunate.

  3. Steven Parsons:

    This pulsating white dwarf we discovered is extremely important since we can use the binary motion and the eclipse to independently measure the mass and radius of this white dwarf, which helps us determine what it is made.

  4. Rob Smith:

    We live in a binary society. So what I love about the younger Gen Z consumers is that they are challenging this construct in everything, including in fashion.

  5. Jeremy Farrar:

    In the end if you move from a binary to a three or four stage process, you'll always have these semantic arguments, and is there really a difference between a global epidemic and a pandemic? And does it make a difference to what we do?

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