ternary [tʉr′nə rē]
[ME < L ternarius < terni, three each < tres,THREE]
1. made up of three parts or things; threefold; triple
2. third in order or rank
3. Chem. of or containing three different atoms, elements, radicals, etc.
4. Math.
a) having three as a base
b) involving three variables
5. Metallurgy of an alloy of three elements
pl. ternaries
Rare a group or set of three

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