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(especially of a mathematical operation) consisting of or involving a single component or element.
‘In 1904 he gave axioms for a Boolean algebra, then later, in 1933, he showed that a Boolean algebra could be defined in terms of a single binary and a single unary operation.’
‘The Turing machines do unary multiplications.’
‘For one thing, the hazard that plagues the unary counter is still present: A signal might fail to register at the input port, so that the state of the counter would remain unchanged.’
‘The unary representation of decimal 1,000,000 needs only one type of symbol, but that symbol is repeated a million times.’
‘Whereas unary operator types use only one variable, binary operator types work with two variables.’