adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin ternarius, from terni three each; akin to Latin tres three — more at three Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or proceeding by threes b. having three elements, parts, or divisions c. arranged in threes <
ternary petals
2. using three as the base <
a ternary logarithm
3. a. being or consisting of an alloy of three elements b. of, relating to, or containing three different elements, atoms, radicals, or groups <
sulfuric acid is a ternary acid
4. third in order or rank

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