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5 definitions found
 for ternary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ternary \Ter"na*ry\, a. [L. ternarius, fr. terni. See Tern,
     a.]
     1. Proceeding by threes; consisting of three; as, the ternary
        number was anciently esteemed a symbol of perfection, and
        held in great veneration.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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
        compound.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ternary \Ter"na*ry\, n.; pl. Ternaries.
     A ternion; the number three; three things taken together; a
     triad.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Some in ternaries, some in pairs, and some single.
                                                    --Holder.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ternary
      adj 1: 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" [syn: ternary,
             treble, triple, triplex]
      n 1: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
           [syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce,
           leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary,
           ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-
           ace]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "ternary":
     clover, deuce-ace, leash, set of three, shamrock, tercet, tern,
     ternal, ternate, ternion, terzetto, three, three-ply, threefold,
     threesome, tierce, treble, trefoil, trey, triad, trialogue,
     triangle, tricorn, trident, triennium, trihedron, trilogic,
     trilogy, trimester, trinal, trine, trinity, trinomial, trio,
     triphthong, triple, triple crown, triple threat, triplet, triplex,
     triplicate, triplopy, tripod, triptych, trireme, triseme,
     triskelion, trisul, triumvirate, triunity, trivet, troika
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  ternary
  
      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.
  
     (1998-07-29)
  

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