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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Binary \Bi"na*ry\, a. [L. binarius, fr. bini two by two, two at

a time, fr. root of bis twice; akin to E. two: cf. F.

binaire.]

Compounded or consisting of two things or parts;

characterized by two (things).

{Binary arithmetic}, that in which numbers are expressed

according to the binary scale, or in which two figures

only, 0 and 1, are used, in lieu of ten; the cipher

multiplying everything by two, as in common arithmetic by

ten. Thus, 1 is one; 10 is two; 11 is three; 100 is four,

etc. --Davies & Peck.

{Binary compound} (Chem.), a compound of two elements, or of

an element and a compound performing the function of an

element, or of two compounds performing the function of

elements.

{Binary logarithms}, a system of logarithms devised by Euler

for facilitating musical calculations, in which 1 is the

logarithm of 2, instead of 10, as in the common

logarithms, and the modulus 1.442695 instead of .43429448.

{Binary measure} (Mus.), measure divisible by two or four;

common time.

{Binary nomenclature} (Nat. Hist.), nomenclature in which the

names designate both genus and species.

{Binary scale} (Arith.), a uniform scale of notation whose

ratio is two.

{Binary star} (Astron.), a double star whose members have a

revolution round their common center of gravity.

{Binary theory} (Chem.), the theory that all chemical

compounds consist of two constituents of opposite and

unlike qualities.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Binary \Bi"na*ry\, n.

That which is constituted of two figures, things, or parts;

two; duality. --Fotherby.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 [wn]

binary

adj 1: of or pertaining to a number system have 2 as its base; "a

binary digit"

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

or based on two; "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"

n : a system of two stars that revolve around each other under

their mutual gravitation [syn: {binary star}, {double

star}]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (13 Mar 01) [foldoc]

binary

1. <mathematics> {Base} two. A number representation

consisting of zeros and ones used by practically all computers

because of its ease of implementation using digital

electronics and {Boolean algebra}.

2. <file format> Any file format for {digital} {data} encoded

as a sequence of {bit}s but not consisting of a sequence of

printable {characters} ({text}). The term is often used for

executable {machine code}.

Of course all digital data, including characters, is actually

binary data (unless it uses some (rare) system with more than

two discrete levels) but the distinction between binary and

text is well established.

3. <programming> A description of an {operator} which takes

two {arguments}. See also {unary}, {ternary}.

(1998-07-29)

From Internet Dictionary Project [idp_italian]

binary

binario