- 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.
- index(def 6).
- Astronomy. the twelfth part of the sun's or moon's diameter: used to express the magnitude of an eclipse.
Origin of digit
Related Wordsfigure, notation, symbol, cipher, numeral, integer, Arabic, fork, extremity, hook, finger, feeler, claw, pointer, toe, thumb, fang, pinkie, phalange
Examples from the Web for digits
He had all his digits and limbs and, to my knowledge, had committed no antisocial acts with his legally obtained explosives.Who’s Safe With a Gun? Don’t Ask a Shrink
May 12, 2013
Its first 144 digits add up to 666—which Satanists claim is “the mark of the beast.”17 Facts to Crack the Mystery of Pi
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.AOL Buys Huffington Post: Arianna Cashes Out
February 7, 2011
And the answer, to the required number of digits, is 662.57905.The Other World Cup
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.Dan Brown Decoded
The Daily Beast
September 15, 2009
But had he known Menander the Greek's receipt, he might have saved his digits.Storyology
These digits are sufficient to address 32,768 words of memory.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)
Digital Equipment Corporation
By having a short flexor and a short extensor muscle of the digits.On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals
Thomas H. Huxley
A beam is selected, the thickness of which in digits is equivalent to its length in feet.
In the tops of the cylinders are openings, each about three digits in diameter.
- 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 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.
- A finger or toe; dactyl.
- 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.