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'TERN' DEFINED

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A 'tern' is a set of three. The word is commonly used in gambling contexts, for example, where it is necessary to draw three specified numbers in a lottery in order to win a special prize. Three lemons in a row on a fruit machine could be called a 'tern'.

Tern 1. A set of three; a trio, triplet. b. In a lottery, three winning numbers drawn together; a prize gained by such a drawing. c. A group of three stanzas.

Oxford English Dictionary

 

Technically, in Ternality Theory:

A 'tern' may be defined as a set of three concepts, principles or laws, such that one member of the set is in each of the three domains and the three members of the set are recognizably the counterparts of each other in their respective domains. For example, 'work' would be a tern if it can be shown that there exists primary work, secondary work, and tertiary work, these being equivalent in their respective domains.

Stewart, D J. A ternary domanial structure as a basis for cybernetics and its place in knowledge. Kybernetes 18, 4, 19-28, 1989.

 

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