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unary (not comparable)
- Consisting of or involving a single element or component.
- 1995, Becky McLaughlin, “Perverse Pleasure and Fetishized Text: The Deathly Erotics of Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’”, in Style, volume 29, number 3, JSTOR 42946295, page 219:
- Her work is a renunciation of the old narrative, a throwing away of the cotton reel, an enunciation of the unary signifier, fort, that is meaningless in itself.
- (mathematics, programming, computer engineering) Of an operation, function, procedure, or logic gate, taking exactly one operand, argument, parameter, or input; having domain of dimension 1.
- Negation is a unary operation.
- 1990, Dominic A. Clark, “Verbal uncertainty expressions: A critical review of two decades of research”, in Current Psychology, volume 9, number 3, DOI:10.1007/BF02686861, page 229:
- Zadeh’s claim is that if the meaning of an expression (X) can be modeling by a fuzzy membership function variable, then the meaning of an expression such as “very X” is simply a membership function over the same variable determined by applying a unary operator to the membership function for X.
- 2011, “Coding Guidelines: Finding the Art in the Science”, in Communications of the ACM, volume 54, number 12, DOI:10.1145/2043174.2043191:
- On the other hand, blank spaces should not be used for unary operators such as unary minus
(−), address of
(*), member access
(++), and decrement
consisting of or involving a single element or component
mathematics, programming: of a function, to take one argument
unary (plural unaries)
- (mathematics) The unary numeral system; the bijective base-1 numeral system.
- (information theory) Unary coding, an entropy encoding for natural numbers.