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Re: To Trinary or not to Ternary

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Dec 05, 2003 at 17:42 UTC ( #312571=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to To Trinary or not to Ternary

Look in the Camel's glossary under 'trinary':

Not a stellar system with three starts, but an operator taking three operands. Sometimes pronounced ternary.

"Trinary" seems like the natural way to spell it (given the logical progression "unary", "binary", . . . ), but I find it more awkward to pronounce. "Ternary" is better in that regard, though less phonetic.

They really mean the same thing. I'm sure an astronomer would gasp at the thought of "trinary" not being a real word, as your CS-majors claim. (See the Camel's note about a stellar system with three stars).

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