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 Ten counties had double-digit percentage increases in the number of cases. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Fourth day in a row of more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases," 17 Oct. 2020 Pet supplies, toys, beds, and grooming products saw double-digit percentage increases in sales from late-March through early July, compared to the same period a year earlier, according to research from market research firms SPINS and IRI. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Demand for pets is soaring during the pandemic. This company is cashing in," 16 Oct. 2020 The Zen 3 chip is putting out double-digit increases in performance against its predecessor. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD says the Zen 3-based Ryzen 9 is the 'world's best gaming CPU'," 8 Oct. 2020 Consumer spending rose just 1% in August, far less than the nearly double-digit increases early this summer. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Economy is cooling as U.S. election nears," 2 Oct. 2020 Net wealth among all Americans rose 18% over the three-year period to $121,700 in 2019, driven by double-digit increases for people in the lowest 40th percentile. Rich Miller, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Income Gaps Narrowed in Pre-Covid Years, Fed Survey Shows," 28 Sep. 2020 Among the one third of counties that increased their daily COVID-19 cases this week, five showed triple-digit increases. Jim Sergent, USA Today, "SEC opens season with COVID-19 infection rates double the national average," 25 Sep. 2020 That’s a bigger jump than the usual single-digit increases. Dee-ann Durbin, USA TODAY, "Americans load up on candy, trick-or-treat or not," 24 Sep. 2020 The majority of that increase has been in content (the games themselves, either bought digitally or on discs), but sales of hardware (consoles and accessories) have also seen double-digit increases since the pandemic began. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The pandemic has turned everyone into gamers," 16 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digit. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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