ternary

[tur-nuh-ree]
adjective
1.
consisting of or involving three; threefold; triple.
2.
third in order or rank.
3.
based on the number three.
4.
Chemistry.
a.
consisting of three different elements or groups.
b.
(formerly) consisting of three atoms.
5.
Mathematics. having three variables.
6.
Metallurgy. (of an alloy) having three principal constituents.
noun, plural ternaries.
7.
a group of three.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ternārius made up of three. See tern2, -ary

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ternary (ˈtɜːnərɪ)
 
adj
1.  consisting of three or groups of three
2.  maths
 a.  (of a number system) to the base three
 b.  involving or containing three variables
3.  (of an alloy, mixture, or chemical compound) having three different components or composed of three different elements
 
n , -ries
4.  a group of three
 
[C14: from Latin ternārius, from ternī three each]

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ternary ter·na·ry (tûr'nə-rē)
adj.
Composed of three or arranged in threes, as a chemical compound containing three elements. n.
A group of three.

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ternary definition

programming
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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Binary logic has always been more economical to make and can easily be configured to emulate a ternary system.
Definition of ternary search tree, possibly with links to more information and implementations.
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