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binary system

A numbering system well suited to use by computers. All of the information placed into a computer is in binary form, i.e., numbers made up of zeros and ones (0's and 1's). In this system each place in a binary number represents a power of 2 (i.e., the number of times 2 is to be multiplied by itself).
Synonym: binary code

binary system

any system where two alternatives occur, as in some taxonomic keys (see KEY, IDENTIFICATION).
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The overview of the binary systems and the phase relationships of the ternary system were discussed in detail.
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He suggested, therefore, that Sirius and Procyon were each binary systems.
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They experience over few weeks transitions from a rotationally powered regime, in which they behave like radio pulsars, to a regime in which they accrete matter and emit intense high-energy radiation, like standard X-ray binary systems.

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