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#### What is binary, and why do computers use it?

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.

#### What does the name binary mean?

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.

#### What does the the term binary mean?

(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 do you understand 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.

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