dig·it | \ ˈdi-jət \

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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Ovechkin has led a balanced attack for Washington, as six other teammates have double-digit point totals in the playoffs. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "How to Watch Capitals vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Final Game 1: Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 28 May 2018 Five more Caps have double-digit points in Nicklas Backstrom (16), John Carlson (16), T.J. Oshie (15), Lars Eller (13) and Tom Wilson (11). Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Stanley Cup final preview, prediction: Golden Knights vs. Capitals," 24 May 2018 Whereas only Kevin Love averaged double-digit points alongside James in Round 1 (and Love was a mess in that round, too, averaging just 11.4 points and shooting .333), six players averaged at least 10 points against the Raptors. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James is using the word 'championship' again about the Cavaliers," 7 May 2018 Harris was held to single-digit points just three times all year and scored a season-high 25 points against North College Hill Nov. 29. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Announcing the 2017-2018 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky High School Winter All-Stars," 2 May 2018 Simmons finished 12 games with double-digit points, rebounds, and assists, good for the second-most triple doubles for a rookie in NBA history. Sean Gregory, Time, "The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers Give Us Reason to Put Our Faith in Failure," 13 Apr. 2018 Martin led the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game and reached double-digit points in 21 of 23 games. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Martin, Davis take different paths toward sharing Howard County boys basketball Player of Year," 13 Apr. 2018 Still, Hayes was an effective starter and Murphy came off the bench, averaged double-digit points and was the second-most prolific shooter on the team. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Has any Hall of Famer had a worse win-loss record than Joe Thomas?," 15 Mar. 2018 Gabe Charleston, Reese Reyes and Jalyjah Tracy-Gavin all contributed double-digit points for Cromwell in the victory. Staff Reports, courant.com, "Boys Basketball: Cromwell In D5 Final; Wamogo Shocks East Hampton," 15 Mar. 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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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 \

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 \

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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