digit

noun
dig·​it | \ ˈdi-jət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

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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Turkey, which was one of the Group of 20’s fastest-growing economies until the middle of last year, is beset by shrinking industrial output, rising unemployment and double-digit inflation. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "A Craze for Atatürk Gives New Cachet to Turkey’s Founding Father," 22 Feb. 2019 But drilling isn't an option for the vast majority of Venezuelans who have seen wages pulverized by a collapsing currency and five-digit inflation. Scott Smith, Fox News, "Venezuela's wealthy beat water crisis drilling private wells," 26 June 2018 But drilling isn’t an option for the vast majority of Venezuelans who have seen wages pulverized by a collapsing currency and five-digit inflation. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s wealthy beat water crisis drilling private wells," 26 June 2018 But even with that double-digit growth, Texas is producing 2,000 megawatts of solar power, enough to power only 226,000 homes, according to the report. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "The Texas solar power industry grows but remains tiny," 13 June 2018 Boston had a terrible early start in Game 4 against the Cavs, but powered back to narrow Cleveland’s lead to single digits. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "The Celtics’ Superpower Was Home Court, but LeBron Was Their Kryptonite," 27 May 2018 The Bucks never got the margin back to single digits again and over the course of the fourth quarter looked frustrated and broken, both mentally and schematically. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 112, Bucks 96: Season ends with a whimper," 28 Apr. 2018 Only airports in San Jose, Austin and Fort Lauderdale also had double-digit passenger growth last year, according to the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "CVG is the fastest-growing major US airport. And its growth is speeding up.," 23 Apr. 2018 But as the child’s age turns from single to double digits and then into adolescence, a parent’s needs change. Reid Tuvim, Philly.com, "Wonders to see away from the Vegas Strip," 20 Apr. 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 How to pronounce digit (audio) \

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 How to pronounce digit (audio) \

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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