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.
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
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Examples from the Web for digits

Contemporary Examples of digits

  • He had all his digits and limbs and, to my knowledge, had committed no antisocial acts with his legally obtained explosives.

  • Its first 144 digits add up to 666—which Satanists claim is “the mark of the beast.”

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    17 Facts to Crack the Mystery of Pi

    Abby Haglage

    March 14, 2013

  • I'm sure those are both on the table, but when someone is sitting on nine digits, that kind of package isn't a motivator.

  • And the answer, to the required number of digits, is 662.57905.

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    The Other World Cup

    Alex Bellos

    June 11, 2010

  • Near his body is a cipher with the digits of the Fibonacci sequence and amalgams referring to Leonardo da Vinci and his Mona Lisa.

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    Dan Brown Decoded

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    September 15, 2009

Historical Examples of digits

British Dictionary definitions for digits



a finger or toe
Also called: figure any of the ten Arabic numerals from 0 to 9
another name for finger (def. 4)
astronomy one twelfth of the diameter of the sun or moon, used to express the magnitude of an eclipse

Word Origin for digit

C15: from Latin digitus toe, finger
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Word Origin and History for digits



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.

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digits in Medicine




A finger or toe; dactyl.
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digits in Science



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