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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.
To solve these problems at the same time, both a-methylstyrene/acrylonitrile copolymer and toughening modifiers (CPE and ACR) are introduced in our previous work to produce a ternary blends that is combined with high toughness and high HDT (21), (22).
MAX phases; properties of machinable ternary carbides and nitrides.
Researchers used 25 plain, binary, and ternary (a mixture containing three parts) concrete mixtures containing up to 55 percent of Class F or Class C fly ashes--and, in some cases, fine limestone powder with different aggregate types and maximum sizes--to evaluate the correlation between the RCPT and the surface resistivity test.
of a second alcohol ethoxylate nonionic surfactant; one or more further surfactants selected from amphoteric or zwitterionic surfactants, but which expressly exclude cationic surfactants; an organic solvent constituent; alkanolamine; and acid constituent which comprises a ternary acid system comprising each of sulfamic acid, formic acid and oxalic acid in a respective weight ratio of sulfamic acid:formic acid:oxalic acid of 1-8:1-5:1-3; optionally one or more further constituents which are directed to improving one or more aesthetic or functional features of the composition; and water.
up to 10% limestone) as well as decades of use in European and other countries where cements with up to 15% limestone can be effectively used in concretes with or without SCMs and used as an ingredient in ternary blended cements.
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].
In a ternary system containing K-Na-Ca, however, ESP was significantly lower than in the binary system and was poorly correlated with the USSL SAR-ESP model.
Titles such as "Summer Dreams" and "Footprints in the Sand" describe pieces in a variety of moods, meters and tempi, unified, for the most part, by their ternary forms, three voice textures and lyrical qualities.
It may be noted that a binary link has only one design parameter, while a ternary link has three and a quaternary link has five design parameters respectively.