BINARYT [ˈbīnərē, ˈbīˌnərē]
binary (noun) · binaries (plural noun)
See also: Binary
Binary is a two-digit (Base-2) numerical system, which computers use to store data and compute functions. The reason computers use the binary system is because digital switches inside the computer can only be set to either on or off, which are represented by a 1 or 0.
Binary describes a numbering scheme in which there are only two possible values for each digit: 0 and 1. The term also refers to any digital encoding/decoding system in which there are exactly two possible states.
(Entry 1 of 2) 1 : something made of two things or parts specifically : binary star . 2 mathematics : a number system based only on the numerals 0 and 1 : a binary (see binary entry 2 sense 3a) number system 42 is written as 101010 in binary.
How binary code works. Binary code works by representing content (letters, symbols, colors) in a form that computers can understand. This is done by breaking the content down into a numeric system of two digits 0 and 1. To accomplish this, computers use electrical impulses switching OFF and ON to represent these two digit numbers.