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EtymologyEdit
Late Latin ternarius (“consisting of three things”), from terni (“three each”).
AdjectiveEdit
ternary (not comparable)
 Made up of three things; treble, triadic, triple, triplex
 Arranged in groups of three
 (mathematics) To the base three
 Donald Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming
 Perhaps the prettiest number system of all […] is the balanced ternary notation.
 Donald Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming
 (mathematics) Having three variables
 (chemistry) Containing, or consisting of, three different parts, as elements, atoms, groups, or radicals, which are regarded as having different functions or relations in the molecule.
 Sodic hydroxide, NaOH, is a ternary compound.
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Made up of three things.
Arranged in group of three.

Mathematics: To the base three

Mathematics: Having three variables


 French: ternaire (fr)
 German: ternär (de)
 Icelandic: þríunda, þrígildur m
 Italian: ternario (1)
 Spanish: ternario
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NounEdit
ternary (plural ternaries)