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  1. displaying a readout in numerical digits rather than by a pointer or hands on a dial: a digital speedometer; a digital watch.
  2. of, relating to, or using numerical calculations.
  3. of, relating to, or using data in the form of numerical digits: a digital image; digital devices.
  4. 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.
  5. available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer: Scan these two pages so you'll have them as a digital document.
  6. 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.
  7. of or relating to a digit or finger.
  8. resembling a digit or finger.
  9. manipulated with a finger or the fingertips: a digital switch.
  10. having fingers or digitlike parts.
  1. one of the keys or finger levers of keyboard instruments.

Origin of digital

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin digitālis, equivalent to digit(us) (see digit) + -ālis -al1
Related formsdig·it·al·ly, adverbin·ter·dig·i·tal, adjectivein·ter·dig·i·tal·ly, adverbpost·dig·i·tal, adjectivepre·dig·i·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for digital

Contemporary Examples of digital

  • The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.

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    Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem

    David Levesley

    January 9, 2015

  • Consider, too, that in this digital age, making something public is not only easier but has greater reach.

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    Public Marriage Proposals Must Die

    Tauriq Moosa

    December 28, 2014

  • But in the Digital Age, we're at risk of a new type of hoarding that is equally problematic.

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    I’m a Digital Hoarder

    Lizzie Crocker

    December 17, 2014

  • I was, she diagnosed, half joking and half horrified, a “digital hoarder.”

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    I’m a Digital Hoarder

    Lizzie Crocker

    December 17, 2014

  • How has your experience been shaped by digital encounters and the social web?

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    The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting

    Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard

    December 10, 2014

Historical Examples of digital

British Dictionary definitions for digital


  1. of, relating to, resembling, or possessing a digit or digits
  2. performed with the fingers
  3. representing data as a series of numerical values
  4. displaying information as numbers rather than by a pointer moving over a diala digital voltmeter; digital read-out
  5. electronics responding to discrete values of input voltage and producing discrete output voltage levels, as in a logic circuitdigital circuit
  6. a less common word for digitate
  1. 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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

digital in Medicine


  1. Of or resembling a finger or toe or an impression made by them.
  2. Done or performed with a finger.
Related formsdigi•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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