ternary
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EnglishEdit
EtymologyEdit
From 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.
 (arithmetic) 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
 (arithmetic) 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.
SynonymsEdit
 (made up of three things): tern, trinary, trine; see also Thesaurus:triple
 (to the base three): trinary
Derived termsEdit
 ternary alloy
 ternary code
 ternary complex
 ternary compound
 ternary computer
 ternary diagram
 ternary expansion
 ternary form
 ternary Golay code
 ternary Golay conjecture
 ternary incremental representation
 ternary logic
 ternary name
 ternary notation
 ternary numeral system
 ternary operation
 ternary operator
 ternary plot
 ternary pulse code modulation
 ternary quantic
 ternary search
 ternary search tree
 ternary signal
 ternary system
 ternary tree
TranslationsEdit
Made up of three things
Arranged in group of three

Mathematics: Having three variables


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NounEdit
ternary (plural ternaries)
 A group of three things; a trio, threesome or tierce.
 (obsolete) The Holy Trinity.
 1570, John Dee, in H. Billingsley (trans.) Euclid, Elements of Geometry, Preface:
 And albeit these thynges be waighty and truthes of great importance, yet (by the infinite goodnes of the Almighty Ternarie,) Artificiall Methods and easy wayes are made, by which the zelous Philosopher, may wyn nere this Riuerish Ida, this Mountayne of Contemplation […].
 1570, John Dee, in H. Billingsley (trans.) Euclid, Elements of Geometry, Preface:
SynonymsEdit
 (a group of three things): See Thesaurus:trio