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Definition of "binary" []

  • Characterized by or consisting of two parts or components; twofold. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a system of numeration having 2 as its base. (adjective)
  • Chemistry Consisting of or containing only molecules consisting of two kinds of atoms. (adjective)
  • Of or employing two comparatively nontoxic chemicals that combine to produce a deadly poison: binary weapons; a binary nerve gas. (adjective)
  • Music Having two sections or subjects. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "binary" in a sentence
  • "Since switches can be either on or off, they have a binary character, and we say that the computer uses “binary arithmetic” to do its work."
  • "PL1 ' (SEGmented loader) would take the binary file, link all the binary libraries that you specify and produce a file named"
  • "Harry at AICN says that people are telling him that the binary is a countdown and that at 10 AM CST something is going down in the Austin area."