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noun dig·it \ˈdi-jət\

Simple Definition of digit

  • : a written symbol for any of the numbers 0 to 9

  • : a finger or toe

Full Definition of digit

  1. 1 a :  any of the Arabic numerals 1 to 9 and usually the symbol 0 b :  one of the elements that combine to form numbers in a system other than the decimal system

  2. 2 :  a unit of length based on the breadth of a finger and equal in English measure to 34 inch

  3. 3 :  any of the divisions in which the limbs of most vertebrates terminate, which are typically five in number but may be reduced (as in the horse), and which typically have a series of phalanges bearing a nail, claw, or hoof at the tip — compare finger 1, toe 1a

Examples of digit

  1. a three-digit number like 507

  2. She suffered several broken digits.



Origin of digit

Middle English, from Latin digitus finger, toe; perhaps akin to Greek deiknynai to show — more at diction


First Known Use: 14th century

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digit

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noun dig·it \ˈdij-ət\

Medical Definition of digit

  1. :  any of the divisions (as a finger or toe) in which the limbs of amphibians and all higher vertebrates including humans terminate, which are typically five in number but may be reduced (as in the horse), and which typically have a series of phalanges bearing a nail, claw, or hoof at the tip






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