Definition - What does Boolean mean?

Boolean refers to a system of logical thought that is used to create true/false statements. A Boolean value expresses a truth value (which can be either true or false). Boolean expressions use the operators AND, OR, XOR and NOT to compare values and return a true or false result.

Boolean logic was developed by George Boole, an English mathematician and philosopher, and has become the basis of modern digital computer logic.

Techopedia explains Boolean

Because computer operate in binary, computer logic can often be represented in Boolean terms. For example, Boolean logic may describe computer circuit states that are charged (1, or true) or not charged (0, or false). This describes the basic binary concept upon which computer processing is based.

Boolean logic is also commonly seen when performing Web searches on a search engine. For example, if a person is searching for a document that contains both the words "Boolean" and "computer science", a search phrase might be created using the Boolean operator "and": "Boolean and computer science." In this case, the operator "and" tells the search engine that it should be seeking results that contain both terms. Similarly, the search phrase "Boolean not computer science" will tell the search engine to seek results that contain the first term but omit results that include both terms.

Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.