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BINARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does binary mean? 

BINARY (noun)
  The noun BINARY has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: BINARY used as a noun is very rare.


BINARY (adjective)
  The adjective BINARY has 2 senses:

1. of or pertaining to a number system have 2 as its base
2. consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms) or based on two

  Familiarity information: BINARY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BINARY (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

binary; binary star; double star

Hypernyms ("binary" is a kind of...):

star ((astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior)

Instance hyponyms:

Aldebaran (the brightest star in Taurus)

Canicula; Dog Star; Sirius; Sothis (the brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major)

Beta Orionis; Rigel (the brightest star in Orion)

Procyon (the brightest star in Canis Minor)

Epsilon Aurigae (the largest known star)

Antares (the brightest star in Scorpius)

Altair (double star 15.7 light years from Earth; the brightest star in the Aquila constellation)

Alpha Centauri; Rigil; Rigil Kent (brightest star in Centaurus; second nearest star to the sun)

Algol (second brightest star in Perseus; first known eclipsing binary)

Vega (the brightest star in the constellation Lyra)


BINARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a binary digit

Pertainym:

binary numeration system (a positional system of numeration that uses binary digits and a radix of two)


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Meaning:

Consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms) or based on two

Context examples:

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

Similar:

multiple (having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual)


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