Binary means composed of two pieces or two parts and may refer to: Binary number, a representation for numbers using only two digits, Binary relation, a mathematical relation involving two elements, Binary function, a function in mathematics that takes two arguments, Binary file, composed of something other than human-readable text, Executable, a type of binary file that contains machine code for the computer to execute, Binary code, the digital representation of text and data, Binary compound, a chemical compound containing two different chemical elements, Binary explosive, an explosive made of two components that become explosive when mixed, Binary ...

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  1. The bijective base-2 numeral system, which uses only the digits 0 and 1.
  2. An executable computer file.
  3. A star system consisting of only two stars.


  1. 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.
    Binary states are often represented as 1 and 0 in computer science.
  2. Concerning logic whose subject matter concerns binary states.
  3. Concerning numbers and calculations using the binary number system.
  4. Having two equally important parts; related to something with two parts.
    Two ingredients are combined in a binary poison.
    A binary statistical distribution has only two categories.
  5. Of an operation, function, procedure or logic gate, taking exactly two operands, arguments, parameters or inputs; having domain of dimension 2.
    Division of reals is a binary operation.
  6. Of data, consisting coded values not interpretable as plain or ASCII text.
    He downloaded the binary distribution for Linux, then burned it to DVD.

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