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Binary - Telecommunications

Where only 2 values or states are possible for a condition, such as "ON" or "OFF", or "one" or "zero." Binary is the property which permits the selection of two distinct possibilities. A binary code makes use of two distinct characters (i.e., "0" and "1," positive and negative pulses). The flow of this information is referred to as a binary stream or binary code.