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 plural, 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 In its most recent financial results, Lattice turned 25% YoY revenue growth, 29.1% operating profit, and double-digit YoY growth in the comms, computing, industrial and automotive markets. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 But Bank of America also managed to generate year-over-year double-digit revenue growth while keeping expenses flat. Telis Demos, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Even with the resultant looming agave shortage, DISCUS expects this double-digit growth to continue throughout 2021. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2021 All of the metro areas saw double-digit percentage home price growth from July 2020 levels. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 The company now expects revenue for this fiscal year to grow by single digits, compared to its previous guidance of double-digit growth on the previous year. Michelle Toh, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 This is the first decade since the 1930s in which Washington County didn’t experience double-digit growth. Mike Gousha And John D. Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2021 Japan has logged six straight months of double-digit export growth due, in large part, to the strong global demand for chip manufacturing equipment. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2021 In the week ending Tuesday, 46 of the 50 states experienced double-digit growth in covid-19 hospitalizations, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digit. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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