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Meaning of TERNARY

Pronunciation:  'turnuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
  2. [adj]  having three units or components or elements; "a ternary operation"; "a treble row of red beads"; "overcrowding made triple sessions necessary"; "triple time has three beats per measure"; "triplex windows"

TERNARY is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: 3, deuce-ace, III, leash, multiple, tercet, ternion, terzetto, three, threesome, tierce, treble, trey, triad, trine, trinity, trio, triple, triplet, triplex, troika
 See Also: digit, figure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ter"na*ry\, a. [L. ternarius, fr. terni. See {Tern},
    1. Proceeding by threes; consisting of three; as, the ternary
       number was anciently esteemed a symbol of perfection, and
       held in great veneration.
    2. (Chem.) 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; thus, sodic hydroxide, {NaOH}, is a ternary
  2. \Ter"na*ry\, n.; pl. {Ternaries}.
    A ternion; the number three; three things taken together; a
          Some in ternaries, some in pairs, and some single.
Computing Dictionary

A description of an operator taking three arguments. The only common example is c's ?: operator which is used in the form "CONDITION ? EXP1 : EXP2" and returns EXP1 if CONDITION is true else EXP2. haskell has a similar "if CONDITION then EXP1 else EXP2" operator.

See also unary, binary.