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[dij-it] /ˈdɪdʒ ɪt/
a finger or toe.
the breadth of a finger used as a unit of linear measure, usually equal to 3/4 inch (2 cm).
any of the Arabic figures of 1 through 9 and 0.
any of the symbols of other number systems, as 0 or 1 in the binary.
index (def 6).
Astronomy. the twelfth part of the sun's or moon's diameter: used to express the magnitude of an eclipse.
Origin of digit
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin digitus finger, toe Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The article also twies, ones in the digit, that other in the article.

  • It holds in it always the warm soul of every digit of the moon.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • The crank is semi-circular, and one foot three palms and two digits long, as many digits wide, and one digit thick.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • If the answer is a digit, Here is e first case of is craft, e quych is is.

  • The hook itself is a digit and a half thick; its straight stem is two palms long and two digits wide and thick.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Sometimes in young individuals the second digit is also clawed.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • But although tridactyl, the axis of the limb passes through the fourth digit.

  • The first digit is vestigial and the second, third, and fourth are clawed.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Or else an iron disc one digit thick is used, or one of wood six digits thick, each of which is far superior to the shoe.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • This method may be used to find the second digit in the root.

    William Oughtred Florian Cajori
British Dictionary definitions for digit


a finger or toe
Also called figure. any of the ten Arabic numerals from 0 to 9
another name for finger (sense 4)
(astronomy) one twelfth of the diameter of the sun or moon, used to express the magnitude of an eclipse
Word Origin
C15: from Latin digitus toe, finger
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Word Origin and History for digit

late 14c., "numeral below 10," from Latin digitus "finger or toe" (also with secondary meanings dealing in counting and numerals), related to dicere "tell, say, point out" (see diction). Numerical sense is because numerals under 10 were counted on fingers. The "finger or toe" sense in English is attested from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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digit in Medicine

digit dig·it (dĭj'ĭt)
A finger or toe; dactyl.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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digit in Science
  1. Anatomy A jointed body part at the end of the limbs of many vertebrates. The limbs of primates end in five digits, while the limbs of horses end in a single digit that terminates in a hoof. The fingers and toes are digits in humans.

  2. Mathematics One of the ten Arabic numerals, 0 through 9.

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