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▪ This is the reason why digital computers talk in a language called binary code.
▪ A set of binary codes is constructed which in itself, without any translation program, is quite meaningless.
▪ Its verification programme demands a minimum 80% of binary code is tested dynamically - 100% statically - before certification is awarded.
▪ All computer information when inside the computer is stored in binary code form.
▪ The systems will offer full binary compatibility and Solaris 2.0 as the operating environment.
▪ In this way, a single D-type bistable can remember one binary digit - or 0 or a 1.
▪ There are various ways of presenting a graph in terms of binary digits.
▪ We have seen that a single flip-flop can remember one binary digit.
▪ The string of binary digits that the machine has now produced at the left is the answer to the calculation.
▪ But most applications require the transmission of digital messages consisting of binary digits or hits.
▪ A single bit-plane can hold only one binary digit in each position.
▪ Data can also be imported from defined binary files.
▪ Since these may be binary files or indexed files, the header file is created separately.
▪ Parallax Our attitude towards edges is affected by our binary form.
▪ Whatever its nature-speech, text or images-it could be represented numerically in binary form.
▪ This is usually the case when fixed-point binary format is used to represent store addresses, for example.
▪ Boolean Variables Numbers are stored in binary format.
▪ Second, it can't support applications such as Video for Windows that build their own extensions to the Windows application binary interface.
▪ A set of application binary interfaces are currently being developed by NeXT to provide application interoperability between Intel Corp and PA-RISC platforms.
▪ This feature could be eliminated, if desired, by arranging that n be expressed in expanded binary notation.
▪ The counter's outputs are binary numbers representing 16 equidistant, cyclically generated carrier phase angles.
▪ The musical notes are converted, by computer, into binary numbers.
▪ Accordingly, we shall usually use the binary number system, as described earlier.
▪ Their outputs are interpreted as a 6-bit signed binary number, which is to be the setting of the steering wheel.
▪ However, we can not just do this directly, attempting to read the tape simply as a binary number.
▪ Consider Figure 2.2 where we illustrate the shifting by one bit position of a six-bit binary number using two's complement representation.
▪ Fig. 1 shows how an eight bit binary number can be bar coded using this system.
▪ The counter's outputs are binary numbers representing 16 equidistant, cyclically generated carrier phase angles.
▪ The musical notes are converted, by computer, into binary numbers.
▪ Only one arrangement looked as though it belonged together: those two lines of dots and blanks, they must be binary numbers.
▪ These codes consist of a string of binary numbers in the form of on-off states.
▪ I have already had several occasions to remark that binary oppositions are, in Derrida's phrase, violent hierarchies.
▪ Let us go back to the claim that the binary oppositions of componential semantics are natural and innate.
▪ As the binary policy gained momentum, it remained possible to have that impression.
▪ Xorandor's logic transgresses that of binary systems because he combines mutually exclusive operations.
▪ Apparently a nova is a close binary system, made up of a cool, normal star and a White Dwarf.
▪ How far is the binary system binary in terms of curricula as well as organization?
▪ That is the part which deals with the ending of the binary system in higher education.
▪ Yet rather surprisingly, most of the double stars are physically-associated or binary systems.
▪ Using the binary tree structure, a successful search is when a node in the tree is reached containing the candidate string.
▪ Such a tree is called a binary tree, and of course its branching ratio is 2.
▪ This structure is known as a binary tree, and neatly encodes the mid-point information needed for searching.
▪ However, for normal fixed-point binary arithmetic, we wish to have a range of positive and negative values.
▪ However, we can not just do this directly, attempting to read the tape simply as a binary number.
▪ In binary chopping, a state is a pair of numbers.
▪ The counter's outputs are binary numbers representing 16 equidistant, cyclically generated carrier phase angles.
▪ This is known as a random binary search tree.
▪ This is usually the case when fixed-point binary format is used to represent store addresses, for example.
▪ We also welcome the abolition of the binary divide.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Binary \Bi"na*ry\, n. That which is constituted of two figures, things, or parts; two; duality.


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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"dual," mid-15c., from Late Latin binarius "consisting of two," from bini "twofold, two apiece, two-by-two" (used especially of matched things), from bis "double" (see bis-). Binary code in computer terminology was in use by 1952, though the idea itself is ancient. Binary star in astronomy is from 1802.


a. Being in a state of one of two mutually exclusive conditions such as on or off, true or false, molten or frozen, presence or absence of a signal. n. 1 (context mathematics computing uncountable English) The bijective base-2 numeral system, which uses only the digits 0 and 1. 2 (context computing English) An executable computer file. 3 (context astronomy English) A star system consisting of only two stars.

  1. adj. 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]


Binary may refer to:

Binary (novel)

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. Hard Case Crime republished the novel under Crichton's name in 2013.

Binary (song)

"Binary" is a 2007 single by Electronica artist Assemblage 23. It is taken from the album Meta.

Binary (album)

Binary is the fifth studio album by Kay Tse, released on July 25, 2008.

Binary (Doctor Who audio)

Binary is a Big Finish Productions audiobook based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The Companion Chronicles "talking books" are each narrated by one of the Doctor's companions and usually feature a second, guest-star voice along with music and sound effects. Unlike most Companion Chronicles releases, this is, for the most part, a full cast audio story.

Usage examples of "binary".

Houston while the airmobile purred along contentedly, guided by intermittent streams of binary being directed up at it from somewhere below.

The affirmation of hybridities and the free play of differences across boundaries, however, is liberatory only in a context where power poses hierarchy exclusively though essential identities, binary divisions, and stable oppositions.

Pieces are there, like the way you count in octal instead of decimal, or the binary aspects of your world: two suns, two moons, two sets of opposing fingers.

Kundera may propose no revolutionary alternative to the binary structure he critiques, but in the exposure of oppositional thinking and its consequences, it is clear that Kundera aims beyond oppositions, if nothing else, in his ambitious attempt to expose oppositional extremes and deprive them of their power and appeal.

The memory contents of the computer would he represented optically by black and clear checkerboard arrays where each square, being black or not, would represent the 1 and 0 of the binary number system which the machine uses.

Now when the individual testee depresses his COMPLETED key, his test pattern in binary form is transferred directly to this unit for recognition.

They were developments of the original unicellular amoeba, quite large and with a highly-organized nervous system, but still amoeba, with pseudopodia, reproducing by binary fission, and in the main offensive to Terran settlers.

The binary conception of the world implies the essentialism and homogeneity of the identities on its two halves, and, through the relationship across that central boundary, implies the subsumption of all experience within a coherent social totality.

New Republic, but in the process, they had hopped forward in time by four thousand years, zigzagging between the two planetless components of the binary system in an attempt to outrun any long-term surveillance that the Festival might have placed on them.

Power, or forces of social oppression, function by imposing binary structures and totalizing logics on social subjectivities, repressing their difference.

Richard slowly turned each over, idly looking for anything that made sense to him as Zedd droned on about overlapping transpositional forks and triple duplexes bound to conjugated roots compromised by precession and sequential, proportional, binary inversions shrouding flawed bifurcations that the formulas revealed which could only be detected through Subtractive levorotatory.

Wrong type of binary system, no dwarf component, no supermassive star.

In principle, this was just another quantum computation, no different from the commonplace operation of turning a string of zeros into a superposition of every possible binary number of the same length.

A group at Delft University in the Netherlands had arranged for a simple quantum computer to carry out a sequence of arithmetic operations on a register which had been prepared to contain an equal superposition of binary representations of two different numbers.

Postmodernist thought challenges precisely this binary logic of modernity and in this respect provides important resources for those who are struggling to challenge modern discourses of patriarchy, colonialism, and racism.