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.
Recent Examples on the Web All three indexes are on track to post double digit growth for the quarter. Washington Post, "Live updates: Fauci to testify to Senate committee on reopening schools amid coronavirus surge," 30 June 2020 Three polls from the beginning to middle of June showed Biden with double-digit leads. cleveland, "10 battleground states -- including Ohio -- to watch in the 2020 election," 30 June 2020 Safelite was notching double-digit margins—no need to mention that his managers were reaping all that bounty in the plodding, no-growth world of replacing windshields. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Safelite’s CEO on steering the company through crisis—and getting sales back to pre-pandemic levels," 27 June 2020 Yet there are already signs that demand is resurfacing and analysts expect a double-digit GDP rebound in the third quarter. Tracy Withers / Bloomberg, Time, "New Zealand Grants James Cameron Exemption to Travel Ban So He Can Begin Filming Avatar Sequel," 24 June 2020 Investors will want to hear that e-commerce sales continue to grow at a double-digit rate. oregonlive, "Highly awaited earnings report will show how Nike weathered pandemic-recession double whammy," 24 June 2020 And his comments suggest Democrats are taking very seriously the possibility that their base could grow too comfortable this fall, with a number of state and nationwide surveys showing Biden with significant, often double-digit leads over Trump. USA TODAY, "Obama raises $7.6 million for Biden, warns Democrats against being 'complacent or smug'," 23 June 2020 Biden's plea was prompted by surveys reporting he's got a double-digit berth nationally on Trump four or so months out from the general election. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Democrats whisper ‘Biden landslide’," 22 June 2020 Tyler has zero debt and has recorded 34 straight quarters of double-digit growth. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Tyler Technologies gets a spot on the coveted S&P 500 Index, joining the big leagues with Facebook and Apple," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of digit was in the 14th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digit. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce digit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of digit

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


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


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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