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[dij-i-tl] /ˈdɪdʒ ɪ tl/
displaying a readout in numerical digits rather than by a pointer or hands on a dial: a digital speedometer;
a digital watch.
of, relating to, or using numerical calculations.
of, relating to, or using data in the form of numerical digits: a digital image;
digital devices.
involving or using numerical digits expressed in a scale of notation, usually in the binary system, to represent discretely all variables occurring in a problem.
available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer:
Scan these two pages so you'll have them as a digital document.
pertaining to, noting, or making use of computers and computerized technologies, including the Internet: We are living in an increasingly digital world. Digital activism uses social media to achieve political reform. His blog is a great example of digital journalism.
Digital technology has revolutionized the music industry.
of or relating to a digit or finger.
resembling a digit or finger.
manipulated with a finger or the fingertips:
a digital switch.
having fingers or digitlike parts.
one of the keys or finger levers of keyboard instruments.
Origin of digital
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin digitālis, equivalent to digit(us) (see digit) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
digitally, adverb
interdigital, adjective
interdigitally, adverb
postdigital, adjective
predigital, adjective Unabridged
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of, relating to, resembling, or possessing a digit or digits
performed with the fingers
representing data as a series of numerical values
displaying information as numbers rather than by a pointer moving over a dial: a digital voltmeter, digital read-out
(electronics) responding to discrete values of input voltage and producing discrete output voltage levels, as in a logic circuit: digital circuit
a less common word for digitate
(music) one of the keys on the manuals of an organ or on a piano, harpsichord, etc
Derived Forms
digitally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for digital

1650s, "pertaining to fingers," from Latin digitalis, from digitus (see digit). Meaning "using numerical digits" is from 1938, especially of computers after c.1945; in reference to recording or broadcasting, from 1960. Related: Digitize.

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digital in Medicine

digital dig·i·tal (dĭj'ĭ-tl)

  1. Of or resembling a finger or toe or an impression made by them.

  2. Done or performed with a finger.

dig'i·tal·ly adv.
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digital in Science
  1. Anatomy Relating to or resembling a digit, especially a finger.

  2. Computer Science Representing or operating on data or information in numerical form. A digital clock uses a series of changing digits to represent time at discrete intervals, for example, every second. Modern computers rely on digital processing techniques, in which both data and the instructions for manipulating data are represented as binary numbers. Compare analog. See also logic gate.

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digital in Technology

Common abbreviation for Digital Equipment Corporation.

A description of data which is stored or transmitted as a sequence of discrete symbols from a finite set, most commonly this means binary data represented using electronic or electromagnetic signals.
The opposite is analogue.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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