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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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The crystal structure of the ternaries [Cu.sub.2]Ge[S.sub.3] [4], [Cu.sub.2]Ge[S.sub.3] [5], [Cu.sub.2]Ge[Te.sub.3] [6], [Cu.sub.2]Sn[S.sub.3] [7], [Cu.sub.2]Sn[S.sub.3] [8] and [Cu.sub.2]Sn[Te.sub.3] [9] have been investigated by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction.