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adjective dig·i·tal \ˈdi-jə-təl\

Simple Definition of digital

  • : showing the time with numbers instead of with hour and minute hands

  • : of or relating to information that is stored in the form of the numbers 0 and 1

  • : using or characterized by computer technology

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of digital

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the fingers or toes <digital dexterity>

  2. 2 :  done with a finger <a digital rectal examination>

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or using calculation by numerical methods or by discrete units

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or being data in the form of especially binary digits <digital images> <a digital readout>; especially :  of, relating to, or employing digital communications signals <a digital broadcast> — compare analog 2

  5. 5 :  providing a readout in numerical digits <a digital voltmeter>

  6. 6 :  relating to an audio recording method in which sound waves are represented digitally (as on magnetic tape) so that in the recording wow and flutter are eliminated and background noise is reduced

  7. 7 :  electronic <digital devices>; also :  characterized by electronic and especially computerized technology

digitally play \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of digital in a sentence

  1. You can transfer digital images from your camera to your computer.

  2. a digital recording of a sound

  3. In this new digital age, computers and the Internet are part of our everyday lives.

Origin of digital

Latin digitalis

First Known Use: circa 1656

Other Computer-Related Terms

DIGITAL Defined for Kids


adjective dig·i·tal \ˈdi-jə-təl\

Definition of digital for Students

  1. 1 :  relating to or using calculation directly with digits rather than through measurable physical quantities

  2. 2 :  of or relating to data in the form of numerical digits <digital images> <digital broadcasting>

  3. 3 :  providing displayed or recorded information in numerical digits from an automatic device <a digital watch>

digitally \-təl-ē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary


adjective dig·i·tal \ˈdij-ət-əl\

Medical Definition of digital

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or supplying one or more fingers or toes <a digital branch of an artery>

  2. 2:  done with a finger <a digital rectal examination>

digitally \-ē\play adverb

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