ternary

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Late Latin ternarius (consisting of three things), from terni (three each).

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ternary (not comparable)

  1. Made up of three things; treble, triadic, triple, triplex
  2. Arranged in groups of three
  3. (mathematics) To the base three
    • Donald Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming
      Perhaps the prettiest number system of all [] is the balanced ternary notation.
  4. (mathematics) Having three variables
  5. (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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Noun[edit]

ternary (plural ternaries)

  1. A group of three things; a trio, threesome or tierce