digital

[dij-i-tl]

adjective

noun

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
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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

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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

digital in Medicine

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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digital in Science

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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