digital

[dij-i-tl]

adjective

noun

one of the keys or finger levers of keyboard instruments.

Nearby words

  1. diggings,
  2. dight,
  3. digibox,
  4. digicam,
  5. digit,
  6. digital audio tape,
  7. digital audiodisk,
  8. digital audiotape,
  9. digital badge,
  10. digital camera

Origin of digital

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin digitālis, equivalent to digit(us) (see digit) + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for digital

digital

adjective

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 diala digital voltmeter; digital read-out
electronics responding to discrete values of input voltage and producing discrete output voltage levels, as in a logic circuitdigital circuit
a less common word for digitate

noun

music one of the keys on the manuals of an organ or on a piano, harpsichord, etc
Derived Formsdigitally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for digital

digital

adj.

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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Medicine definitions for digital

digital

[dĭjĭ-tl]

adj.

Of or resembling a finger or toe or an impression made by them.
Done or performed with a finger.
Related formsdigi•tal•ly adv.


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Science definitions for digital

digital

[dĭjĭ-tl]

Anatomy Relating to or resembling a digit, especially a finger.
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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