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1. Composed of three or arranged in threes.
2. Mathematics
a. Having the base three.
b. Involving three variables.
n. pl. ter·na·ries
A group of three.

[Middle English, from Latin ternārius, from ternī, three each; see tern2.]


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


(ˈtɜr nə ri)

adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. consisting of or involving three; threefold; triple.
2. third in order or rank.
3. based on the number three.
a. consisting of three different chemical elements or groups.
b. (formerly) consisting of three atoms.
5. Math. having three variables.
6. a group of three.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ternārius made up of three. See tern2, -ary]


 set or group of three, especially the Holy Trinity.
Examples: ternary of stanzas, 1779; ternary of worthies, 1654; the Holy Ternary, 1662; the Almighty Ternarie, 1570.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ternary - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and oneternary - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
Adj.1.ternary - having three units or components or elementsternary - 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"
multiple - having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual; "multiple birth"; "multiple ownership"; "made multiple copies of the speech"; "his multiple achievements in public life"; "her multiple personalities"; "a pineapple is a multiple fruit"


[ˈtɜːnərɪ] ADJternario




a. ternario-a, que se compone de tres elementos.
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A naturalist, struck by a parallelism of this nature in any one class, by arbitrarily raising or sinking the value of the groups in other classes (and all our experience shows that this valuation has hitherto been arbitrary), could easily extend the parallelism over a wide range; and thus the septenary, quinary, quaternary, and ternary classifications have probably arisen.
The concept of ternary rings was first introduced by D.
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In the present work, based on the confinement of axial uniformity within a certain distance along the optical axis and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) in the focal plane, we propose a fast searching method to design a ternary optical element combined with a circularly polarized light to obtain a super-resolution non-diffraction beam.
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The goal of this research was to characterise the rheological behaviour of ternary mixtures of orange juice, pineapple and mango pulps using response surface methodology (RSM) as a mathematical and statistical tool (WU et al.
In the last decade, ionic liquids have received great attention as solvents in experimental measurements of LLE in ternary systems [ionic liquids + aromatic hydrocarbons + aliphatic hydrocarbons] [7-24].
However, because of the potential for high Ni ion leaching from NiTi with its cytotoxic effects on cells, ternary NiTi-X alloys are being explored with the aim to reduce Ni ion leaching while retaining super-elastic properties inherent to shape-memory alloys such as NiTi [7].