digit

noun
dig·it | \ˈdi-jət \

Definition of digit 

1a : 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

c digits , slang : the digits of a telephone number At the end of the meal, the pair discussed wanting to see the Dupont Underground art exhibit, and that's when Scott smoothly asked for her digits and said they should go.— Vijai Nathan

2 : a unit of length based on the breadth of a finger and equal in English measure to 3/4 inch

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 sense 1, toe sense 1a

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Examples of digit in a Sentence

a three-digit number like 507 She suffered several broken digits.

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By turning all types of information into the digits of binary code, computer networks encourage the consolidation of once-diverse media into data empires of unprecedented scope and power. Nicholas Carr, chicagotribune.com, "Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?," 10 July 2018 And officials are cautioning everyone to avoid hiking, with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits in many inland and mountain areas. J. Harry Jones, latimes.com, "Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'," 6 July 2018 Siskiyou County is currently experiencing a Red Flag Warning and temperatures in southern California are set to soar into the triple digits Friday, William said, adding that fire activity in southern California is also starting to pick up. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Why was Sacramento suddenly cloudy this morning? Blame Fabio, weather experts say," 6 July 2018 And officials are cautioning everyone to avoid hiking altogether, with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits in many inland and mountain areas. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Popular trails closed due to heat concerns," 5 July 2018 Sponsors have to send in personal information, including the last four digits of their social security number. Sarah Frier, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s algorithm blocks ads for Bush’s beans, singers named Clinton," 3 July 2018 The last two digits represent Ali's 37 career knockouts. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Muhammad Ali's Michigan estate for sale at $2.9M," 19 June 2018 Investigators in Louisville tracked the last four digits of the credit card printed on the McDonald's receipt to Willett. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "How a McDonald's receipt crippled an elite Louisville drug-fighting team," 18 June 2018 But the collapse of the lira, which has lost a third of its value against the dollar since the start of emergency rule in July 2016, pushing inflation into double digits, has spared few people in Turkey. The Economist, "Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of digit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for digit

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

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digit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of digit

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

: a finger or toe

digit

noun
dig·it | \ˈdi-jət \

Kids Definition of digit

1 : any of the numerals 1 to 9 and the symbol 0

2 : a finger or toe

digit

noun
dig·it | \ˈdij-ət \

Medical Definition of digit 

: 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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