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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And big drop from the double-digit percentage home price increase the area experienced a couple of years ago. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas-area home price gains slowed to a trickle in May," 2 July 2019 Like other areas of the state, Los Angeles saw a double-digit percentage increase in its homeless population, according to a survey released this month. Taryn Luna, latimes.com, "California leaders strike deal to give cities and counties hundreds of millions to fight homelessness," 27 June 2019 But many of the campaigns — more than half the field is registering in single digit percentages or lower in national polls— could be running on fumes by the end of the summer. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Democrats take first swipes, highlight their differences in first night of debate," 26 June 2019 Corporate earnings are also expected to grow at a single-digit percentage pace this year overall, according to FactSet—a slower pace than in 2018, but not the rollover that some had feared heading into the year. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Markets Send Mixed Signals on Trade Battle," 16 June 2019 Weather officials are cautioning residents to stay indoors and remain hydrated Monday as a record-setting heat wave pushes temperatures in some parts of the Bay Area into the triple digits. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Record-setting temperatures concern Bay Area weather officials," 10 June 2019 The clock eventually got into single digits near the red zone, and Mayfield had to improvise. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Browns minicamp offensive report: Laterals and no-huddle plays rule the day," 6 June 2019 Rising rents have cooled to single-digit percentage growth this year. New York Times, "A Slower Economy. A Trade War. Now, China Faces Rising Food Prices.," 4 June 2019 Contracts are typically laced with incentives, for anything from road victories to double-digit rebounds. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019

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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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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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