unary
adjective Etymology: Latin unus one + English -ary Date: 1923 having, consisting of, or acting on a single element, item, or component ; monadic

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  • Unary — * Unary numeral system, the simplest numeral system to represent natural numbers * Unary operation, a kind of mathematical operator that has only one operand * Unary coding, an entropy encoding that represents a number n with n − 1 ones followed… …   Wikipedia

  • unary — (adj.) 1923, from L. unus one (see ONE (Cf. one)) on model of BINARY (Cf. binary), etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • unary — 1. adjective a) Consisting of or involving a single element or component. Negation is a unary operation. b) Of an operation, function, procedure or logic g …   Wiktionary

  • unary — adjective consisting of or involving a single element or component in a unary operation in a mathematical system one element is used to yield a single result • Similar to: ↑single …   Useful english dictionary

  • unary — /yooh neuh ree/, adj. Math. pertaining to a function whose domain is a given set and whose range is contained in that set. [1570 80; < L un(us) one + ARY, on the model of BINARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • unary — adj. of a mathematical function whose domain is a given set and whose range falls within the set …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unary — [ ju:nəri] adjective Mathematics consisting of or involving a single component or element …   English new terms dictionary

  • unary — una·ry …   English syllables

  • unary — /ˈjunəri/ (say yoohnuhree) adjective (of a physico chemical system) containing only one element or component. {Latin ūnus + ary1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Unary coding — is an entropy encoding that represents a natural number, n , with n − 1 ones followed by a zero. For example 5 is represented as 11110. Some representations use n − 1 zeros followed by a one. The ones and zeros are interchangeable without loss of …   Wikipedia

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